Blake Park: Brookline, Massachusetts
History of a Neighborhood, 1916-2005

The Houses and People of Blake Park

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65 Blake Road

72 Blake Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
Harry M. Ramsey
Charles P. Lowell
Cost to Build:
Not Available
(On Permit Date):
Charles P. Lowell
First Residents:
Robert P. & Carolyn C. Bigelow

The first house built on Blake Road in Blake Park, #72 was designed by Harry M. Ramsey, who was also the architect for #43 and for three other houses in the development.

72 Blake Road was the home of Robert and Carolyn Bigelow and their family. Robert Payne Bigelow, born in New York in 1863, was a biologist and zoologist. A graduate of Harvard and Johns Hopkins, he was a professor of biology at MIT from 1893 to 1933. He also served at various times as librarian for the biology department at MIT and at Woods Hole Marine Biological Lab, and as curator of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. He died in 1955, which was the last year the family was listed at this address in the Street List.

The 1930 Census lists the residents as: Robert P. Bigleow, 66, college professor; Caroline C. Bigelow, 44; Robert B. Bigelow, 4; and an aunt, M. Eloise Talbot, 60 a private school teacher. (She is listed elsewhere as a librarian.) The house was valued at $30,000.