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

The Houses and People of Blake Park


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79 Somerset Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
1941
6/14/1941
Architect:
Joseph Selwyn
Builder:
Jacob Hurwitz
Cost to Build:
$12,000
Owner
(On Permit Date):
Jacob Hurwitz, Dorchester
First Residents:
Maurice & Martha B. Wit

This house was one of six designed by Joseph Selwyn and build by Jacob Hurwitz on Somerset Road in 1941. They were among the last houses built in the development of Blake Park (not counting three homes added in the 1950s).

The first residents of 79 Somerset were Maurice and Martha Wit who were listed here from 1943 until the early 1960s. Maurice Wit (1895-1973) was in the shoe business. He was in charge of women’s shoe styling and buying at the Melville Shoe Company from 1930 to 1948, after which he became an executive at the Jay Shoe Company. He and his wife Martha ( 1900-1984) were both the children of immigrants from Germany.

One of the Wits' sons, Harold M. Wit (born c1928), attend Harvard and Yale Law School, where he was editor of the Law Review. He later became an investment banker.