Speaking of Provincetown, the painter Jane Kogan (pictured) will be the first to tell you, “I never have fallen in love with the place.” Take that as you will. She first arrived in 1958 as a Brandeis undergrad. “I noticed guys walking down the street holding hands and thought, ‘I’ve got to get back here sometime.’” In 1968, having studied at the Art Students League and in Rome on a Fulbright, with an M.F.A. from Columbia, she was named to the second cohort of visual artists at the Fine Arts Work Center. “I’ve been here ever since,” she told me in 2013. Forty of those years were spent working in and effectively running the Provincetown Bookshop. In 1979, when Kogan was 40, 21 Pearl came on the market for $40,000. The moment she saw the century-old house, she knew it would be her home.
More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on buildingprovincetown.com. The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.