269 Bradford Street

269 Bradford Street. [Town Assessor / Key 3567]

Text last updated on 3 October 2017 | The property now denominated 269 Bradford used to be part of a much larger parcel that included the abutters at 269A Bradford and 564 Commercial. Today, they are three separate tax lots. This was the summer home of the influential artists William Johnson L’Engle Jr. (1884-1957) and Lucy Stelle (Brown) L’Engle (1889-1978) and then, until 1975, the home of their first daughter, Madeleine “Mady” (L’Engle) Davis, and her husband, Edward S. “Tootsie” Davis, a lobsterman and carpenter, who sold live lobsters here.

Daniel L’Engle Davis wrote on 26 April 2016: I’m a Provincetown native who grew up at 269 Bradford Street, the former summer home of my grandparents (my mom’s parents), the painters William and Lucy L’Engle, who purchased the property in 1917. They were an early part of the art history in Provincetown and Truro and beyond, and they loved that property and the time they spent there. Some of their closest friends and neighbors lived right opposite, on the Commercial Street side — Susan Glaspell and Jig Cook, for example.

Daniel L’Engle Davis wrote on 4 May 2016: My father, Edward “Tootsie” Davis, the youngest of 16 (!) Ptown kids in his family, had — if not the first — then one of the very first live lobster pools in town, called — what else? — the Davis Lobster Pool! It’s the front building right on 269 Bradford Street.

Daniel L’Engle Davis wrote on 15 September 2020: It took a while for me to find your new submission on 269 Bradford Street. Thank you so much! From the whole family! My reply of 15 September 2020: Thank you so much for saying so. I’ve done myself no favors by creating multiple “Building Provincetown” websites, but I’m trying day by day to simplify matters. In any case, I’m very grateful for your great information.

¶ Republished on 18 October 2023.

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

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