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John Randall House | Crosswinds Condominium.

The Taylor Funeral Chapel once was the last stop in town before everlasting rest. Hersey D. Taylor (±1882-1942) finished his studies at the Boston School of Anatomy and Embalming in 1913 and returned to Provincetown to take over his father’s business. In 1920, its address was given as 140 Bradford Street, which was also Taylor’s home. After his death, Henry W. Carlson continued the business under the Taylor name, with the address of 140A Bradford. Dr. Thomas F. Perry lived and practiced in this house from the 1955 through the ’70s. An account in The Advocate, not mentioning the prior business there, noted that Dr. Perry had an emergency room so capacious that it would be possible to back an ambulance directly into it. (I presume it was designed for hearses.) For a time in the 1980s, the property was known as the Crosswinds Inn. When Richard L. Watters and John J. Prior converted the property in 1987 to a condominium, they kept that name. Unit 1 of the condo is the main house. Richard DeRoo Brunson (d 2010) and Timothy Richmond, longtime partners and spouses, moved to town in 1999 from North Carolina and opened the 12-room John Randall House here. Brunson also served on the Provincetown Business Guild and Outer Cape Health Services. Don Collins is now the owner and innkeeper.

¶ Last updated on 23 January 2017.

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