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Capt. Oliver Bearse House

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Built  1841 (1841)
NRHP Reference #  87000276
Added to NRHP  13 March 1987
MPS  Barnstable MRA
Opened  1841
Capt. Oliver Bearse House
Location  39 Pearl St., Barnstable, Massachusetts
Architectural style  Greek Revival architecture
Similar  Cahoon Museum of American, Craigville Beach - Barnstable, Follins Pond, Wianno Club, John F Kennedy Hyannis

The Captain Oliver Bearse House was a historic house at 31 Pearl Street in the Hyannis village of Barnstable, Massachusetts. Built about 1841, it was a fine example of Greek Revival architecture, built for a prominent local ship's captain. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. It was extensively damaged by fire in 2011, and has since been demolished.

Description and history

The Captain Oliver Bearse House stood south of Main Street in downtown Hyannis, on the west side of Pearl Street. It was a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, with corner pilasters and an entablature that wrapped around the main block. Its entry was flanked by sidelight windows and pilasters, and topped by a heavy lintel and entablature. A five-bay two-story ell extended to the left, with a separate entrance at its center.

The house was built about 1841 for Oliver Bearse. Bearse was from a family descended from one of Hyannis's early settlers, Benjamin Bearse, and both he and his brother Asa were prominent local deep-sea ship's captains. Bearse lived in this house until 1850, and it was sold out of the family in 1898. It was during the 20th century home to Gladys Bond, a longtime librarian of the local library, who died in 1959. It was thereafter converted into a lodging house. It was extensively damaged by fire in 2011, and has since been demolished.


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