Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1851
I have never been able to find a photograph of the Franklin King house on Clam Point. Franklin King was in business in Boston in E.F. King and Company, wholesale druggists. He was also a real estate developer, at least in a small way. He was one of the men who signed a petition to the Massachusetts General Court requesting the annexation of Dorchester to Boston.
The house was located where the Byrne Playground is today. We knew that at some point during the early 20th century, King’s no longer extant residence on the Byrne Playground parcel was operated as the Massachusetts Homeopathic Hospital. A look at the atlases shows that the property passed from King to Sarah F. King Nash between 1910 and 1918 and from her to the Massachusetts Homeopathic Hospital between 1918 and 1933. A recent inquiry about the Nash facility of the Hospital led to an internet search for Nash, and the result was a photo of the Nash Home for Convalescent Men, which we presume to be the facility that once was the home of Franklin King.
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