587 Commercial Street

587 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

587 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Known by the delightful name Merry Meeting at least since the 1910s, No. 587 was owned for many years by Albion Kelley, assistant postmaster, whose family we met at 584 Commercial. Beginning in the late 1950s, it was the summer home of Robert Richenburg, a well-respected and influential Abstract Expressionist painter who had studied with Hans Hofmann. The house has itself been a painter’s subject: Arthur Cohen painted Merrymeeting in 2001. The seaside cottage, Nonnie Bell (formerly No. 585), was rented for decades by Henry Rothman, a collagist, photographer, and conservation frame maker. Both buildings were charmingly restored by Christopher Pula and Thomas Biggert, who also own Admiral MacMillan’s home at 473 Commercial.

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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