2 Mayflower Avenue

2 Mayflower Avenue, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

2 Mayflower Avenue, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

May I have the envelope please? The winner for the Best Performance on a Garage Door goes to Marilyn Monroe. Even though the cottages at the top of the hill are the real glory of this property, the faux-Warhol mural is what arrests everyone’s attention. (A nearby garage at 838 Commercial bears a Jasper Johns-like American flag.) This remarkable cottage row at the crest of Mayflower Heights is the least changed neighborhood in town. “Mayflower Heights is a fragile reminder of what was once a ‘gentler summer season,’” Josephine Del Deo wrote in 1976. “It is reminiscent of an earlier pace and the seasonal tourist who came summer after summer and stayed the entire season in their own little section set apart from the bustle of the central village. Once lost, such a series of lattice porches and simple frame buildings will not be duplicated.” Happily, it hasn’t yet been lost.

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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