32 Nelson Avenue

32 Nelson Avenue, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

32 Nelson Avenue, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Provincetown Heights, an early subdivision, was created in 1966 by Clifton and Katherine Talbot (Wright) Nelson, proprietors of Nelson’s Riding Stable. Amid understated houses, some of which began as trailers, No. 32 stands out as a statement — a crazy-angled, nothing-quite-straight Provincetown statement, complete with koi pond. It was built in 1971 and purchased in 1997 by Bruce Moidell, proprietor of the Lopes Square Variety Store and a chef at Gallerani’s. He shared it with his husband, James Cole, who worked at the ever-changing supermarket (A&P, Grand Union, Stop & Shop), sat on the board of the Public Library, and sang in the Cape Cod Chorale, before his death in 2011. The house has been owned since 2012 by Jim Vogel, an architect, and Rob Anderson, a professor of architectural history and owner of PtownTours.com. They’ve heard that the architect of their house was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.


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.

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