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51 Commonwealth Avenue

51 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02116

Description:
49 Commonwealth Avenue was designed by Cummings and Sears, architects, and built in 1877 by Weston & Shepard, builders. (51 Commonwealth Avenue was built in 1876 by J. & H. Harmon, builders, and probably also was designed by Cummings and Sears.) The two houses were built to form a complementary design and, according to Bainbridge Buntingís Houses of Bostonís Back Bay, were the last houses of the French Academic design built in brownstone in the Back Bay. 49 Commonwealth was built on a single 26 foot wide lot; 51 Commonwealth was built on a double lot, 52 feet wide. In January of 1936, an application was filed to convert the house from a residence into a lodging house. The application was denied because of the lack of two independent means of egress. Subsequently fire balconies were installed, and the building was approved as a lodging house in January of 1937. 51 Commonwealth was built as the home of shipping merchant and investor George Augustus Gardner. By the mid-1940s, 49 and 51 Commonwealth had been acquired by Simmons College. In September of 1944, the College changed the occupancy of 51 Commonwealth from residential to college use, and in April of 1945, it changed the use of 49 Commonwealth and combine the two houses by cutting through doorways on several floors. 49-51 Commonwealth continued to be owned and used by Simmon College for the next 55 years as its School of Social Service. In September of 2002, Beal Ventures XI, LLC, bought 49-51 Commonwealth from Simmons College. It remodeled the buildings and in October of 2003, converted them into eight condominiums. Several of the condominiums were purchased by the same owner and combined, and in February of 2004, the number of units was reduced to five.
Unit Information
Address
51 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02116
Price
Unit Features
Garage Parking Open Layout Oversized windows Central Air Patios/Balconies High End Finishes

Property Details
Hood:  Back Bay
Units:  5
Built:  1890
Building Features: