418 Commercial Street

418 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

418 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

418 Commercial Street.

418 Commercial Street.

A great circle was closed in 1988 when the artist Anne (Locke) Packard — whose grandfather, Max Bohm, was a Christian Scientist — bought No. 418 as a gallery for her works and those of her daughters: Cynthia, who studied with Fritz Bultman, and Leslie, the director of the Packard Gallery and a painter herself. From 1931 until 1970, this Colonial Revival-style building was owned by the Christian Science Society, which used it as a church and reading room. The building was designed by the artist Barbara Haven Brown, her granddaughter Orin Barbara Dunigan told me. (Brown married the artist Philip Malicoat, with whom Anne Packard later studied.) David Bowdoin purchased it in 1971 and turned it into a private home.


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