599 Commercial Street

599 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

599 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Dr. Clara Thompson grave site, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Dr. Clara Thompson grave site, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Dr. Clara Thompson bought this house in 1942. She was one of the leading psychoanalysts of her time and a cofounder, with Erich Fromm and others, of the William Alanson White Institute in New York. The artist Henry Major, a longtime friend of Thompson, died in this house in 1958. They are buried near one another in Town Cemetery. (Her monument is pictured.) The property was later owned by Howard Schneider, a sculptor, illustrator, and the cartoonist of the “Eek and Meek” comic strip. He sold it in 1999 to Michael Jeffries, the chief executive officer of Abercrombie & Fitch, and his partner, Matthew Smith. Their grandiose renovation raised the house five feet above its original height and elevated the neighbors’ blood pressure even higher. They were gone in five years.


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