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Brookline Then and Now: 111 Winthrop Road

July 24, 2023

This house on Aspinwall Hill has gone through many changes and many owners since it was constructed as a single-family home in 1896 or 1897. Early residents included Bunkio Matsuki, a Japanese immigrant and dealer in Japanese art and artifacts, and Albert Miller, an executive at the Christian Science Monitor. Later owners, including Harriet and William Pray, ran a lodging house above their own residence here from the 1920s to the 1950s. Physical changes over the years included the loss of the conical roofs on the left and right wings and vertical siding replacing wood on the left wing. The most recent renovation, completed in 2023, removed the vertical siding, recapturing more of the original design, and converted the house to five units.

Ken Liss is president of the Brookline Historical Society.