91 Commercial Street

91 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

91 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Dean Hara and Rep. Gerry Studds, courtesy of Dean Hara.

Dean Hara and Rep. Gerry Studds, courtesy of Dean Hara.

Gerry Studds not only represented the town on Capitol Hill from 1973 to 1997, he lived here during his 12 terms in Congress and several years thereafter, sharing this home with Dean Hara, whom he married in 2004. Studds was known nationally as the first openly gay member of the House of Representatives and known locally, The Banner said, “for his accessibility to constituents and his effective advocacy of their concerns, notably in matters of the environment, health care, fishing and maritime issues.” His name is commemorated in the Studds/Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. David Carnivale was the original architect of this house in 1983, while Thomas Green presided during construction and a 1999 renovation. The central roof dormer was reduced noticeably for the current owner, Michel Wallerstein of New York.


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