479 Commercial Street

"On the Bay" (2002), by John Dowd.

“On the Bay” (2002), by John Dowd.

The name Anchorage perfectly described this house, the ancestral hearth of the Brown-Malicoat family, the largest and perhaps most influential of the art dynasties in Provincetown. Harold Haven Brown, who studied with Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts and also at the Académie Julian, and his wife, Florence Bradshaw Brown, who studied at the Art Students League, made their home here in 1924 with their daughters Beatrice Bradshaw and Barbara Haven Brown, who married Philip Malicoat. The Malicoats sold the house to the lawyer Maurice “Brig” Brigadier and his wife, the artist Anne (Myers) Brigadier. In recent years, under the ownership of Jonathan Murray, the house has been restored to an almost preternatural perfection. It’s like an apparition in its manicured clarity.

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