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

The Houses and People of Blake Park


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92 Somerset Road

Year Built:
Permit Date:
1941
6/2/1941
Architect:
William J. Freethy
Builder:
Harry Sklaver
Cost to Build:
$8,500
Owner
(On Permit Date):
Goldie Sklaver, 7 Harvard Street
First Residents:
Florence & Charles E. Perkit

The builder and architect of this house, Harry Sklaver and William J. Freethy, were responsible for five houses on Somerset Road and one on the north side of Welland Road, all of which were on the part of the property retained by Frances Blake in 1916 and not developed until after her death in 1939. Sklaver and Freethy also worked together on 36 Blake Road, the last (or possibly next to last) house built in the earlier stage of development.

The building permit for 92 Somerset said it was a duplicate of 122 Clark Road.

The first residents were Charles E. and Florence Perkit, who moved here from Brighton. Charles Perkit (c1901-1964) founded and led the Perkit Folding Box Company in Mattapan in the 1940s with his brother Edward. The company, which began as a recycling operation during World War II, is still in existence today (though the Perkit family is no longer involved) making pizza boxes and shoe boxes out of recycled material.

The Perkit family was listed at this address from 1942 until the late 1960s.