Though it had a Commercial Street address, the Modernist hilltop aerie of Basil and Gloria (Silva) Santos — among the town’s top hosts for many decades — was a realm of its own, with a commanding view of the harbor and the restaurant below, at 350 Bradford, where they made their reputation; operating first as the Captain’s Galley, then as Howard Johnson’s, then as Basil’s Place. Their split-level home on the crest was constructed in 1965, according to town records, just after they’d finished expanding HoJo’s to accommodate 250 customers in two big dining rooms. Gloria died in 2012, shortly after their 65th wedding anniversary. Basil followed 44 days later. The house was in the midst of demolition when this photo was taken in 2014, and has since been replaced by a new development.
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