Grand View is the ideal name for this postcard-perfect “cottage,” which was the summer home of the painter Max Bohm, who studied with Jean-Paul Laurens at the Académie Julian in Paris and remained an expatriate until World War I. He lived here beginning in 1916, and died in this house in 1923. His wife, Zella (Newcomb) Bohm, also an artist, summered here until 1956, a year before her death. Their daughter Elizabeth “Betty” (Bohm) Schwarz was the next grande dame of Grand View and an early preservationist, too.
Their other daughter, Esther (Bohm) Locke, had three children: the artist Anne Newcomb (Locke) Packard, of 621-623 Commercial; Geoffrey Gibson Locke; and Roger Sherman Locke, who lives next door at No. 682 with his wife, Nanette St. Pierre-Locke. The home, splendidly and lovingly maintained, remains in family hands.
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