Marlborough's Historic Homes

Marlborough's historic properties, including hundreds of homes, were documented in historic property surveys conducted in 1994 and 1995. 

These and other resources for those who own an historic home in Marlborough or who are looking to buy one are listed below.

An extensive list of resources for renovating an old home is in this sub-section.

Research

  • The narrative from the Marlborough Survey of Historic, Architectural, and Cultural Resources describes the history of Marlborough and the evolution of the architecture of the city.  It includes brief mentions of several houses.
  • Information on nearly 1,000 individual historic properties in Marlborough was compiled in the Marlborough Survey of Historic, Architectural, and Cultural Resources, which was conducted in 1994 and 1995.  Houses make up the vast majority of the properties that are covered.
  • The Society's archives contain maps, family histories, and photographs, and are available for research by appointment.   
  • In addition, there are several historic maps of Marlborough available online in high-resolution scans.

Local organizations
  • The Marlborough Historical Society has photos of houses and buildings, maps, archives of certain families, and other information.  Learn more about our archives here.
  • The Old House Association includes owners of old homes in Marlborough and surrounding communities.  Members share experiences and recommendations on renovation and preservation projects.  Meetings, which take place in old homes, are usually once a month, with the summer off.  Contact us for information on upcoming meetings.
  • For those living in the French Hill area of Marlborough, the French Hill Neighborhood Association was re-started in June 2008.  For more information, send e-mail to the association or call 617-908-7666.

Architectural styles

Andover has helpful descriptions, illustrated with pictures using houses in their community, here

Living in an historic property

In addition to houses, three historic buildings are being developed as condominiums and apartments:
  • The Marlborough Wire Goods Factory at  406 Lincoln Street later became Space Age Electronics, and in 2008 underwent substantial renovation to become Renaissance Lofts condominiums.
  • The Paper Box Factory, a daylight factory at 175 Maple Street, was owned by Dennison Manufacturing and later became DesignPak.  Since 2007 it's been undergoing renovation to become apartments, and is expected to open in 2008.
  • St. Mary's, at 26 Broad Street in the French Hill neighborhood of Marlborough, is being turned into St. Mary's Condominiums.  Work began in 2007 and is expected to be completed in stages in 2008 and 2009.
  Let us know if there are others we should list here.


Restoration resources

A list of local, regional, and national resources is here.


Touring Marlborough's historic homes

The Peter Rice Homestead (1688) is open by appointment for tours and research.  In addition, many programs and meetings are held at the homestead.

Several tours of historic homes throughout Marlborough have been held over the years:
  • 1960 - June 16, 1960--Sponsored by the Marlborough Tercentenary Committee.  Ten homes were featured.  Download the handout with descriptions.  [PDF]
  • 1990 - June 16, 1990--The Marlborough Centennial House Tour was organized by the Centennial House Tour Committee, which included members of the Marlborough Historical Society, the Colonial Garden Club, the Junior Womens' Club, and the Womens' Club.
  • 1993 - June 12, 1993--This year's tour covered ten buildings, including the First Baptist Church (c. 18887).  Download the flyer and the handout with descriptions or read the newspaper article about the tour. [PDF]
  • 2003 - December 6, 2003--A Holiday House Tour presented by the Marlborough Historical Society with the Old House Association.  Six houses, including the Peter Rice Homestead, and Marlborough's city hall.  Download the handout with descriptions.  [PDF]
  • 2008 - May 4, 2008--Presented by the Marlborough Historical Society.  Six houses, including the Peter Rice Homestead and a Victorian house converted into offices.  View pictures and descriptions and download the handout and map here