716 Commercial Street

716 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

716 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

716 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

716 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

At a time when travelers are supposed to care about the thread count in their sheets, the Breakwater Motel’s pitch is refreshingly modest: “The perfect choice if you are on a budget and just need a clean tidy room in a great location.” It was constructed in 1953 by Dick Bishop and Carl Bradley, and was “filled up before paint and varnish were dry,” The Advocate said. “Figuring largely in its patronage were young honeymooners, who can be counted on for repeat visits, as well as rose-colored descriptions to friends.” Bishop and Bradley sold the motel to Alice Van Arsdale. With Maline Costa as her contractor, she expanded it in 1955 to include a second-story apartment for her own use. Frederick and Patricia Sateriale bought the property in 1968 and have owned and run it since.


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