160 Commercial Street

160 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

160 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Jennifer Cabral in the cupola of 160 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014)

Jennifer Cabral in the cupola of 160 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014)

An ample yard and rooftop lantern, from which ships could be spotted on the Back Shore, distinguish this Italianate-style home, built around 1830 by Capt. Joseph Atkins, whose Central Wharf stood opposite. The property passed to his son, William Atkins, who made a fortune in whaling. He married Jane Freeman Grozier, whose nephew, Edwin Atkins Grozier, owned The Boston Post, with his wife, Alice. (The newspaper closed in 1956, but the Boston Post Cane is still awarded to the town’s oldest resident.) This was the Groziers’ home, which they ornamented by creating the private Grozier Park across the street. The local legend Reginald “Reggie” Cabral — fisherman’s son, proprietor of the A-House, art collector, philanthropist, and town historian — moved into the house in 1963 with his wife, Meara. He died in 1996. Their daughter, Jennifer, lives here with her partner, Ian Leahy.


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