12 Bradford Street

Monumental Doric columns welcome visitors to the Colonial Revival house at 12 Bradford Street, built in 1890. Hard to believe that something so gracious should have had a very utilitarian past, but this was the Captain Manuel Enos Station, dispensing gasoline in the 1930s and 40s. It was in the Perry family for more than 60 years. Dr. Helen Perry (d 2004) lived here with her husband, Reginald P. Perry. One of four women to graduate from the Tufts University School of Medicine in 1943, she practiced obstetrics and gynecology for the next 41 years at five hospitals around Boston. Please see the comment from Ann Welles, which richly fills in family history and corrects several errors in this entry.

3 thoughts on “12 Bradford Street

  1. How delightful to see my home on this blog — but there appears to be a little confusion about its history.

    My grandfather, Joseph Silva (sometimes Silvia) Perry, owned this house and remodeled it for his second wife, Phoebe (Philomena) Silva Perry, in the 1920s. Prior to that, it was a typical L-shaped, steep-roofed Provincetown home with the front door to the side. My grandfather centered the front door, added the columns, added the dormers and an addition for a bath and attached kitchen (v. the outdoor “summer” kitchen) and made significant interior changes, more or less informed by the Arts and Crafts style then popular.

    Joseph Perry ran a grocery store in No. 14 Bradford and was an engineer of the Provincetown Fire Department until his death in 1928. There was a gap in the running of the store until my uncle, Joseph Kermit Perry, returned to town from a stint in, I believe, the Navy. He brought with him his wife Gladys, and they occupied the apartment above the store. Eventually they moved to Florida.

    No. 12 Bradford was never a gas station. (For a period of time, my grandmother apparently did own the garages farther west on Bradford that are now the metal sculptor’s — could be form whence the gas station concept arises?) She died in 1963 after living here for six decades.

    My father, Reginald Perry, was born in the upstairs back bedroom in 1920, graduated high school at age 16 and went over the bridge to college where he met my mother, Helen. He never again lived full time in Provincetown after he left for college. He died in 1979, and my mother continued to live in Wellesley until she joined me in Framingham. One way or another, sometimes too neglectfully, we kept No. 12 and No. 14 as a summer home and as rental property all the way to the present.

    I have just recently retired and moved here full time and am looking forward to, among other things, researching more of my family history. The above is reasonably accurate, I think, at least for the moment.

  2. The gas station mentioned in the description at the top was actually in the tiny building directly to the west of No. 12, on the other side of Mechanic Street.

    • Thank you, Ann, for more helpful information. This property, shown in the photo below, is now known as 10A Bradford Street.


      10A Bradford Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap.

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