This noble, handsome Italianate home was built around 1840 to 1860, according to the Historic District Survey. At the turn of the 20th century, it was home to Elsie F. Long, a photographer, and her father [?], Charles H. Long, a master mariner. The property was sold out of her estate in 1956 to Barbara Elizabeth (Dutra) Zawalick (b ±1924), a former town employee, and her husband, Raymond D. Zawalick (1922-1974), a motor machinist’s mate third class in the Navy during World War II and a custodian at the Veterans Memorial Elementary School from its opening day. Their son, Steven W. Zawalick (b 1946), pictured here in the 1964 Long Pointer, grew up in the house and followed his father into naval service. Before moving here, Mrs. Zawalick had enjoyed the distinction in 1945, at age 21, of being the youngest town clerk and treasurer in the commonwealth, though the appointment was temporary.
Steven Zawalick sold the property in 1993 to Charles T. “Chuck” Rigg (b 1950) and Carlton E. “Carl” Draper (b 1951) of Washington. The next year, at 386 Commercial Street, they reopened a transformed Ocean’s Inn as the Commons guest house and Bistro restaurant, winning immediate notice for doing so. Fodor’s said: “The rooms are now comfortable and tasteful, with wide-board floors, antique furnishings, Oriental carpets, and marble-tile baths.” The restaurant, it said, “has an innovative, ever-changing Continental menu.” In 2007, around the time they were ending business at the Commons, Rigg and Draper divided this property into two units; selling one to John M. O’Conner and David S. Reichert and the other to Sean Murray and Michael Samuelian. • Historic District Survey • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit A • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit B ¶ Posted 2013-03-24