600 Commercial Street

600 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

600 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Peter Busa, from Christopher Busa.

Peter Busa, from Christopher Busa.

This was not only the home of the painter Peter Busa (pictured), it was his gallery and his School of Fine Arts. “I can show here with a feeling on my front porch,” he told Dorothy Seckler in a 1965 interview for the Archives of American Art. “One painting is 18 feet long and about six feet high and I couldn’t show this in any gallery.” Busa was first brought to Provincetown by his parents, Ernestine and Salvatore, an artisan specializing in gold-leaf decoration. He and his wife, Jeanne (Juell) Busa, bought No. 600 in 1953. After they divorced in 1970, she kept the home and ran it for many years as a transient accommodation called the Arbor. Their son Christopher, the editor and cofounder (with Raymond Elman) of Provincetown Arts, lives at No. 650.


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