562 Commercial Street

562 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

562 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Bernard Simon, praised by The New York Times in 1948 for his “mature and accomplished” sculpture, bought this full Cape with his wife, Edna, in 1962. Born in Russia, he studied at the Art School of the Educational Alliance in New York and worked in this country and in Italy. The municipal art collection includes his evocative El Toro. The Simons purchased the full Cape at No. 562 from the artist John Miley “Jack” Foster and then sold the property in 1997 to an unrelated Simon family: Dr. Morris Simon, a Johannesburg native and a leading radiologist at the Harvard Medical School; his wife, Josephine; and their four sons. “The whole Simon family was acknowledged as an anchor to the South African Diaspora and strong supporters of the art world in Boston,” the Harvard Gazette said.

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