617 Commercial Street

617 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

617 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

617 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

617 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

David Mayo, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

David Mayo, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Traditional forms needn’t yield cliché. This is not your grandfather’s three-quarter Cape, though it has a kind of ancestral sternness and simplicity. It was built in 1987 by David Lothrop Mayo (pictured), whose grandfather, Frank Lothrop Mayo, was the keeper of the Peaked Hill Bars Life-Saving Station. His parents, Herbert Franklin Mayo and Margaret (Williams) Mayo, ran the East Harbour cottage colony. Herbert’s cousin, Capt. Alfred Atkins Mayo, skippered the fishing sloop Iris. Mary Heaton Vorse called Captain Mayo one of the town’s greatest fresh fishermen. Pilings, still visible on the beach, mark the location of the pier at which he moored Iris, as well as a boat house and a storehouse where he kept nets and traps. The walkway is paved in oyster shells, reflecting what David Mayo admits to be his “fatal addiction.”


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