119 Bradford Street

119 Bradford Street, courtesy of Kathleen Joseph Meads.

119 Bradford Street, courtesy of Kathleen Joseph Meads.

Alice O'Grady Joseph, courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

Alice O’Grady Joseph, courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

Before St. Peter’s, Catholics worshipped in this Federal-style building, which had served as King Hiram’s Lodge of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, from 1797 to 1845, and then briefly as Wesleyan Academy. It was also called Snow’s Block. The Rev. Joseph Finotti purchased it in 1853-54. It was used for services until 1871. Anthony and Alice O’Grady Joseph bought it in 1948. He is a retired fisherman who still lives here. She was the town librarian. Kathleen Joseph Meads, who grew up here with her siblings Anthony and Maureen Joseph Hurst, told me: “The original floor boards are still visible on the second floor and show the indentations of the legs of the benches or ‘pews.’”

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