The cottage behind 65 Commercial Street appears to have been a separate property since the late 19th century, when it was owned by the Wareham family. They conveyed it to Mabel P. Robbins, whose death left it in the hands of the Wetherbees, who sold it in 1951 to Henry B. W. Snelling. It was during his occupancy that the most dramatic episode occurred in the cottage’s history: a fire in July 1960 that began with a gasoline spill as Snelling was refueling his boat. Two volunteer firefighters were injured, and Snelling’s two-year-old Basset hound, Hank, was so badly burned that a police officer felt compelled to shoot him dead. Snelling himself died the next year. The property was acquired in 1996 by Judy K. Mencher of Jamaica Plain, a lawyer who formed the firm of DDJ Capital Management, managers of distressed debt, that same year. Mencher was also the developer of the abutting Skiff Condominium, 67A Commercial Street and 67B Commercial Street.
For a view of the main house, please see 65 Commercial Street.
For a view of the boat house, please see 65B Commercial Street.
For a view of the garage, please see 65B Commercial Street.
¶ Last updated on 4 July 2018.