For nearly three decades, Raymond Elman (pictured) has portrayed the artistic and literary colony, in Provincetown Arts, which he co-founded with Christopher Busa, and in oil-and-digital paintings, which can be seen on rayelman.com. Those of Alan Dugan, Stanley Kunitz, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Robert Pinsky are in the National Portrait Gallery. In 1971, Elman founded the Outer Cape Repertory Film Society and was running the To Be Coffeehouse. He owned this property, originally the main house of a Methodist retreat, from 1973 to 1984, having bought it from Walter Gutman, who financed Pull My Daisy, a celebrated underground film. The house was renovated by the architect Charles Zehnder in 1978. Some columns were carved by the artist Joan Wye in the form of totem poles.
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.