256 Bradford Street

256 Bradford Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

256 Bradford Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Herman Maril's plan for his studio addition at 256 Bradford Street.

Herman Maril’s plan for his studio addition at 256 Bradford Street.

David Maril, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

David Maril, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

The most important surviving civic building from Long Point, its post office, was built around 1830. What we see from the street was originally the rear of the structure. Its distinguished second life was as the studio of the painter Herman Maril, whose work was championed by the collector Duncan Phillips. Maril, a professor at the University of Maryland, acquired this property in 1958. Working with the artist Chester Pfeiffer, he added a second-floor studio a year later, with north-facing windows, extending over a patio. (That’s Maril’s drawing of the project.) He died in 1986. His wife, Esta, a children’s psychiatric social worker, died in 2009. Their son David, a newspaperman and president of the Herman Maril Foundation, owns, uses, and cherishes the house. The studio is virtually untouched.


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