Those double-P ligatures on the old aquarium downtown do not stand for Provincetown. Or porpoise. They stand for Paige Brothers — Albert, Frank, John, Joseph, and William — who operated the garage that preceded the aquarium that preceded the food court. Paige Brothers also operated the “accommodation,” a popular, five-cent, open-air omnibus, seating about 25, that made its way up-along and down-along until the early 1950s. The family’s success is evident in this three-acre property, which is enormous by town standards. As large as it appears to be on Pleasant Street, the estate keeps sprawling northward from the Craftsman-style bungalow. The brothers’ father, John Paige, assembled the land in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It remained in family hands until 1999.
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