Hill Top Condominium
May I have the envelope please? The winner for the Best Performance on a Garage Door goes to Marilyn Monroe. Yes, even though the side-by-side cottages at the top of the hill are the real glory of this property, the faux-Warhol garage down below is what arrests everyone’s attention along Commercial Street. It’s such a striking set piece, in fact, that it was used in September 2012 as a backdrop for a picture of the bridal party after the wedding of Dawn and Jennifer, from Denver.
The two cottages with the 2 Mayflower address stand at the west end of a remarkable row along the crest of Mayflower Heights. Except for the growth of the woods between the houses and the road, this may be the least-changed neighborhood in Provincetown. As you’ll see in subsequent entries, it is easy to identify the houses in a postcard from the turn of the 20th century.
That Mayflower Heights should have endured at all is even more remarkable, given that the historian Josephine Del Deo was all but writing its eulogy in 1976 for the Massachusetts Historical Commission Inventory:
Mayflower Heights is a fragile reminder of what was once a ‘gentler summer season’ in Provincetown. 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.
This property was converted into a five-unit condominium in 1999 by Suzanne Carter. The west cottage is now owned by Anne B. Hulik, R.N., the coordinator for the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut. She rents the house through HomeAway, where more photographs can be seen. The east cottage is owned by Dr. Susan A. Connolly, staff radiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of radiology at the Harvard Medical School, and Sherry L. Brec, with whom Dr. Connolly wrote the paper, Percutaneous Imaging-Guided Abdominal and Pelvic Abscess Drainage in Children. They also own the Marilyn garage.
Brec generously shared the story of the mural with me on 7 July 2020: “The garage is part of a condo complex that includes five freestanding buildings, two Mayflower Ave 1-5. The owners of units 1 & 2 own the garage. Purchased in 1999. The artist of the Marilyn’s is Joseph Stec. He is an MRI tech at Children’s Hospital in Boston. He had done numerous murals in the Radiology Dept. based on Disney characters, but painted the heads on them with current staff members. He is a friend, and stayed with us on numerous occasions. Said as a TY, would paint something on the garage doors. Wanted to do Warhol, and gave us a choice of The Witch, or Marilyn. I thought Marilyn would be more in synch with the Town. So, it was painted around 2001. He actually redid the right side because he thought the neck wasn’t right. As you can imagine, while he was working, many people stopped to chat. Has been in many Airline Travel guides.”
The western cottage was formerly denominated 8 Mayflower Avenue; the eastern cottage, 10 Mayflower Avenue. • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 1 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 2 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 3 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 4 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 5 ¶ Updated 2020-07-09