5 Pleasant Street

5 Pleasant Street, Provincetown (2011), by David W. Dunlap. 
5 Pleasant Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap.Two noble old out buildings complement this early 19th-century house. Caroline Ruth MacFarlane (b 1895) — “whose skill as a cook built the fame of Harbor Lunch,” The Provincetown Advocate said — purchased this property in 1934 from Grace Ellen McInnis of Washington. In 1940, Caroline married Joseph DeCosta (b ±1894), who was the co-owner of Harbor Lunch, 279 Commercial Street. She did a bit of cooking at the Viking Restaurant, 269-271 Commercial, which her son Harold W. MacFarlane opened in 1955. (For reasons why a Provincetown dining spot would commemorate the Vikings, of all people, please see 7 Cottage Street.) Members of the Order of the Eastern Star fraternal organization also enjoyed repasts prepared by Mrs. DeCosta.

Heidi A. Marben purchased the property from Mrs. DeCosta’s estate in 1987 and sold it, in 2001, to Steven Syta (b 1956). He is the co-proprietor of the Alden Gallery, 423 Commercial Street, a realtor and a partner in D-Land Investment. • MapHistoric District Survey, main house • Historic District Survey, shed • Historic District Survey, garage • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-06-29


5 Pleasant Street, Provincetown (2011), by David W. Dunlap.


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