312-320R Bradford Street

Malicoat compound | Great lot

Mail boxes. [2010, Dunlap]


The private Malicoat compound. [2018, Dunlap]


The private Malicoat compound. [2018, Dunlap]


The Malicoats’ “great lot,” before much of it was condemned by the federal government for the Cape Cod National Seashore.


Distorted by foreshortening, this aerial photo shows how the “great lot” stretches from town to ocean. [2010, Dunlap]


Untitled, by Barbara Haven Malicoat (c1965). Colored linoleum print. From The Malicoats: Four Generations of a Family Creating (2009), Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College.


La Cadière (Variation), by Philip Cecil Malicoat (1960). Oil on linen. From The Malicoats: Four Generations of a Family Creating (2009), Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College.


Cannibal’s House, by Martha Malicoat Dunigan (1999). Mixed media. From The Malicoats: Four Generations of a Family Creating (2009), Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College.


Fetal Stargazer, by Conrad Haven Malicoat (2002). Locust. From The Malicoats: Four Generations of a Family Creating (2009), Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College.


Horse Vessel, by Anne Lord (1999). Clay. From The Malicoats: Four Generations of a Family Creating (2009), Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College.


Lunaria, by Robena Malicoat (2004). Oil on canvas. From The Malicoats: Four Generations of a Family Creating (2009), Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College.


Untitled Mobile, by Beau Valtz (2007). Wood and stone. From The Malicoats: Four Generations of a Family Creating (2009), Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College.


Coercive, by Breon Dunigan (2008). Monoprint. From The Malicoats: Four Generations of a Family Creating (2009), Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College.


Mound, by Bailey Bob Bailey (2007). Acrylic, pencil, and charcoal on canvas, with steel. From The Malicoats: Four Generations of a Family Creating (2009), Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College.


Text last updated on 4 November 2023 | The east and west lot lines of this property, if extended to the Atlantic, would embrace the only privately-owned dune shack in the Cape Cod National Seashore. That’s because the property once did extend to the dune shack. Imagine: a house on Bradford Street with a back yard on the ocean! The Malicoat clan — art-colony artistocracy — own what used to be one of the spaghetti-strip, harbor-to-sea “great lots” of the East End, now reduced to a small portion of its former extent. Philip and Barbara Malicoat acquired much of this enormous parcel in 1945 from Dorothy Wall (Smith) Hammett, the wife of Frederick S. Hammett. It remains in family hands.

A brief introduction to the four generations, with artists whose work is shown above indicated in red:

Florence Bradshaw (1870-1957) m. Harold Haven Brown (1869-1932)

Barbara Haven Brown (1903-1987) m. Philip Cecil Malicoat (1908-1981)

Martha P. Malicoat (1934-2001) m. Walter Philip Dunigan (1933-2023)

Orin Barbara Dunigan
Breon Dunigan m. Bailey Bob Bailey
Seanad Dunigan m. Wei-Tsun Chang

Conrad Haven Malicoat (1936-2014) m. Anne Lord (1938-2019)

Robena Malicoat m. Mark Protosevich
Galen Lord Malicoat m. Beau Valtz
Bronwyn Malicoat m. Michael Bois


Orin Barbara Dunigan wrote on 21 December 2013: My mother, Martha Malicoat Dunigan, taught fine art/sculpture at the North Carolina School of the Arts for 35 years. She was a great artist whose Cape Cod influence was in all her art. She and my sister Breon and cousin Robena are the real working artists of the family since my grandfather’s passing. Berta Walker started her gallery expressly to show my mom. She taught so many how to swim in the 1950s as the Red Cross swim teacher, but then taught so many to realize their artistic potential. She was an amazing artist.


Louise Walker Davy wrote on 18 October 2014: The Malicoats are such a wonderful family! I’ve known them all and loved them for over 70 years! Sadly, Conrad passed away just two days ago. He will be dearly missed. My sister Hatty has two of Conrad’s beautiful sculptural fireplaces in her home in Provincetown.


¶ Republished on 5 November 2023.


312-320R Bradford Street on the Town Map, showing property lines.



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