31-41 Commercial Street

31 to 41 Commercial Street, the Masthead Resort, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

31 to 41 Commercial Street, the Masthead Resort, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

John and Valerie Ciluzzi, courtesy of John E. Ciluzzi Jr.

John and Valerie Ciluzzi, courtesy of John E. Ciluzzi Jr.

From No. 31 to No. 41 are seven buildings on 450 feet of beachfront, collectively the Masthead Resort and Cottages, managed and operated since 1971 by Valerie and John Ciluzzi. There are houses at each end and in the center — No. 31, the former Old Furniture Shop; No. 37, a Long Point floater; and No. 41, the Helena Rubinstein summer home — with four cottages among them. The assemblage was largely completed by Arthur Anderson, proprietor of the furniture shop, who inherited the Masthead from Edith Hendricks. Anderson and his wife, Olive, sold the Masthead to John Ciluzzi in 1959, without the wooden Indian that had become its trademark. “Some people have criticized us for not modernizing here,” Ciluzzi told Pru Sowers of The Banner in 2009.

I wouldn’t be one of them.


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