562 Commercial Street

Bernard Simon (1896-1980), who won praise from The New York Times in 1948 for his “mature and accomplished sculpture figure,” bought this house with his wife, Edna, in 1962. Born in Russia, he studied at the Art School of the Educational Alliance in New York, as did Chaim Gross, Ben Shahn, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko and other luminaries. He worked in the United States and in Italy. The municipal art collection includes his handsomely evocative El Toro, carved in Pietrasanta. The Simons purchased No. 562 from the artist John Miley “Jack” Foster, a 1917 Princeton graduate who attended the Art Students League after his service in World War I. He had owned it since 1937.

3 thoughts on “562 Commercial Street

  1. Jack’s wife was Christine Foster, who taught generations of Provincetown children (and adults) ballet and tap. Her recitals in Town Hall were anticipated every year and the whole town attended. Ornate costumes were made by town women, but Christine held a firm hand in selecting performers and music.

    She also organized “socials” at the Provincetown Yacht and Tennis Club during the summer months. A true force of nature. I believe she and Jack had a place on Tea Wharf in Boston for years.

  2. Actually, the Simon family which currently owns the property is unrelated to the previous owners. It’s a mere coincidence they have the same name.

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