248 Bradford Street

Main house

Main house at 248 Bradford Street. [2008, Dunlap]

248 Bradford Street. [Provincetown’s East End, by Josephine Del Deo at alia, in the Massachusetts Historical Commission Inventory of 1973-1977 / Provincetown Public Library]

John J. Alexander Jr., who lived at 248 Bradford Street, was reputedly the model for this figure in Crew of the Philomena Manta, which hangs at Town Hall.

Text last updated on 11 January 2010 | Among the foreground figures in Charles W. Hawthorne’s Crew of the Philomena Manta stands a small bearded fisherman with a big jug under his arm. The model for that figure seems to have been John J. Alexander Jr., who once lived in this house, which was built around 1830. His grandson Philip Alexander also lived here and was renowned, as Esta Maril said, for “the beauty and the bounty of his flowers and vegetable garden.” As a leader of the Highland Fish and Game Club, Phil Alexander favored ecologically sensitive land management — marshland preservation, for example — many years ahead of the popular environmental movement. His sister, Mary Campbell, ran the Little Chowder Bowl restaurant at 252 Bradford. More recently, the property was owned by James R. Bakker, who was then the executive director of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

¶ Republished on 14 October 2023.

248 Bradford Street on the Town Map, showing property lines.

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