471 Commercial Street

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

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

George Bryant, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

George Bryant, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

The ardently independent and amazingly knowledgeable George Bryant once lived here. Historian, architect, home inspector, consultant, public servant, and gadfly; by turns sweet, funny, impatient, and irascible, Bryant — who died in 2015 — was not everyone’s cup of tea. But his death left an enormous civic void. The house was built about 1905 for Elijah Rodgers. Cora Allen Herring acquired it in 1944, with her husband, John. Frances Gray bought it 1965 and ran it as the Harbor Guest House. Bryant moved here in 1977. He collected historical artifacts or (as officials saw it) he hoarded unsightly junk until it spilled outside. A five-year standoff between Bryant and the town ended in 2011 when he agreed to stay away from the property. It was sold the next year to Ken Fulk, a leading interior decorator and event planner in San Francisco, whose restoration goal, he said, was “keeping much of the beautiful patina” of the home.


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