518 Commercial Street

518 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

518 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

This delightful little slice of gingerbread was the summer home for three decades — from the early 1930s through the early 1960s — of Esther Townley of New Jersey. Her many civic activities in Provincetown included membership in the Women’s Guild of the Church of St. Mary of the Harbor, conveniently located across the street. “She called her house Hollyhock Cottage,” Mary-Jo Avellar said, “and the place was surrounded by them.” The house, looking not too different from the way it did in 1940, has been owned since 1989 by Paul Andersen.


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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