516 Commercial Street

516 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

516 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

516 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

516 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

It’s appropriate that this full Cape, with its steep ship’s-ladder staircase, should belong to the Fine Arts Work Center, since it’s associated with at least five artists whose careers have enriched the town’s cultural life: Robert Motherwell, Maurice Sterne, Irving Marantz, Gerrit Hondius, and Paul Bowen. Hondius was descended from Karel Fabritius, student of Rembrandt, teacher of Vermeer, and painter of The Goldfinch. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague and the Art Students League. This was his summer home and studio from 1962 until his death eight years later. His widow, Paula (Kessler) Hondius, a pianist and piano instructor, donated it to the center in 1980. It has been used in recent years as housing for the center’s executive director, currently Michael Roberts.


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