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

The Houses and People of Blake Park


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9 Greenough Street

Year Built:
Permit Date:
1925
11/30/1925
Architect:
Fred Gowing
Builder:
R.F. Jenkins
Cost to Build:
$14,000
Owner
(On Permit Date):
Mrs. G.M. Thrasher, 62 West Newton St
First Residents:
 Harry Glenister & Olive Huse

This house, one of three built on Greenough Street in 1925, was the home of Harry Glenister (c1880-??), a dry goods merchant, his widowed sister Olive Huse (c1878-??), and their mother Marie Glenister (1852?-1938?). All three were born in England and came to the U.S. in 1888. They lived in Dorchester before moving to Brookline.

The 1930 U.S. Census listed the residents as: Harry Glenister, 50, salesman (dry goods); Maria Glenister, 78, (mother), born England; and Olive F. Huse, 52, (sister), born England. The house was valued at $15,000.

Marie Glenister was last listed in the Street List in 1938. (I presumed she had died before the next edition was published.) Harry was shown as retired from 1939 on. He and Olive were shown at this address in the Street List until 1959.

The architect of this house, Frederick H. Gowing, was a one-time resident of Brookline who had his office on Tremont Street in Boston. He was a builder who began to design houses by 1913 and published a pattern book of his designs in 1920 entitled "Building Plans for Modern Houses." His houses appear in a number of towns and cities near Boston. He also designed 10 Hancock Road in Blake Park.

The builder of 9 Greenough Street, R.F. Jenkins, also built three houses on Welland Road.