Hedenskog-Levy House // 1904

Perched up on Aspinwall Hill, this early 20th century two-family home is one of the best-preserved examples remaining in this section of Brookline. The house represents the positive impact of immigrant communities to Boston area neighborhoods. Located on Rawson Road, the house was built in 1904 by Patrick Moore, a house carpenter based in Boston. The home was un-occupied until 1908, when Lars A. Hedenskog (d. 1908), an unmarried bookkeeper, and his sister, Bertha A. Hedenskog, a dressmaker, lived here. The siblings were natives of Sweden and arrived in the United States at New York and subsequently relocated to Boston, where they were both worked, later purchasing this property together. Hyman J. Levy and his family purchased the property in 1920 after Bertha’s death. Mr. Levy was a Yiddish-speaking Russian immigrant who came to the United States in 1888. Levy was a hardware dealer and owner of H. J. Levy Hardware Company (later the Bay State Hardware Co.) at 1395 Washington Street in Boston’s South End. Levy died in 1955 at the age of 67 when he was shot in the jaw as he lunged to grab a pistol from an attempted robber.

4 thoughts on “Hedenskog-Levy House // 1904

  1. nancy sullivan July 12, 2021 / 8:52 pm

    I am so excited to find this article! Bertha Hedenskog is in my heritage! Her adopted daughter, Hildegard (Helen) was married to my great uncle Carl Farrelly. They also lived there and raised three children, until they moved to Pierce county Washington. It is fascinating to see where they lived after only imagining for years! I live in Los Angeles CA, but hopefully I will make it back there one of these years. Bertha also was my great grandmother, Henriette Bjornstad’s cousin, who was married to my grandfather, Desmond Farrelly, Carl’s brother! I will stop there, haha. Thank you for this wonderful colorful and interesting photo and story! I will cherish this!!

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  2. nancy sullivan July 29, 2021 / 12:50 pm

    Thank you! I know that Bertha Hedenskog died June 16, 1940. The article mentioned she died in 1920. Sadly, her brother Lars died on December 31 1908, the same year they bought the house!
    I so appreciate these facts, I never knew any details of their lives. Bertha was a dressmaker. I have a formal picture of family of hers in 1892. I need to get it online, it could be their attire was made by Bertha!


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