437 Commercial Street

437 Commercial Street, Poor Richard's Landing, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

437 Commercial Street, Poor Richard’s Landing, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

Poor Richard's Landing, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

Poor Richard’s Landing, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

An entire chapter of Time and the Town was devoted to Clan Avellar, which included Angelina Jacinta (Soares) Avellar, or “Mother Avellar”; Antone, made famous by Gerrit Beneker in a World War I poster; and Justin, owner of Hindu. Their home, No. 437, is a half Cape. The French doors were added in 1971, when Harvey Dodd opened a gallery here. At that time, the second floor was extended to meet No. 439, forming a breezeway to Avellar’s Wharf. In 1960, George Harvender and Floyd Linder bought the wharf and renamed it Harvender’s Landing. Richard Lischer bought it in 1965 and renamed it Poor Richard’s Landing. Ilona Royce Smithkin and Karen Katzel bought it in 1991. It’s managed by Sarah Thompson and Diane Stafford. Dodd was succeeded by John Lucas’s J. Lucas Gallery, Alex Carleton’s Foc’sle store, and Shirl Roccapriore’s Oils by the Sea Gallery.


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