507 Commercial Street

507 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

507 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Pat and Nanno de Groot, from Pat de Groot.

Pat and Nanno de Groot, from Pat de Groot.

Pat de Groot, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Pat de Groot, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

A glimpse into the yard tells you: This is Old Provincetown. Scintillating, eccentric, tatterdemalion, devil-may-care. It is home to one of the town’s most prolific artists, Pat de Groot (pictured), a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient known among other things for her cormorant portraits and her serenely small seascapes. She and her husband, the painter Nanno de Groot (both pictured), bought this waterfront lot in 1961 and began building. “I did the drawings for the house,” Pat told me in 2011. “This was designed specifically for artists to live and work in.” The double-gabled structure was completed in 1963. Nanno died that year. Pat’s anthropomorphic headstone for her husband is the most distinctive grave marker in Town Cemetery. Her summer tenants have included John Waters and the New York art dealers Pat Hearn and Colin de Land.


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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