963 Commercial Street

963 Commercial Street, from the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

963 Commercial Street, from the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

963 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

963 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Liz slept here. Yes. That Liz. In 1957, with her third husband, the producer Michael Todd, who was to die six months later in the crash of his private plane (the only husband she didn’t divorce), Elizabeth Taylor spent an evening at the Harbor Lights Village cottage colony as the guest of Thomas and May O’Donnell. A vintage postcard described the complex: “Located on Cape Cod Bay with 200 feet of private sandy beach. There are eight housekeeping cottages and 14 without housekeeping facilities. Central heat. The housekeeping cottages accommodate four, five and six persons and all consist of two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen, completely equipped.” Having lost little charm, Harbor Lights Village is now the Beach Point Club condo.


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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