615 Commercial Street

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

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

This sentiment may not be universally shared, but I think No. 615 is a successful work of contemporary architecture. The owner who inflated a modest Cape into a large box was Donald Kline. A 2006 re-renovation by Stephen A. Magliocco Associates for Stephen Mindich, publisher and chairman of Phoenix Media / Communications Group (it once included the Boston Phoenix), and his wife, retired Judge Maria Lopez, yielded a more sophisticated facade. It shows you don’t need gabled roofs and louvered shutters to be contextual. And this is contextual. It doesn’t look like other houses nearby, but it couldn’t be anywhere else — too much a cabana to have a place in a city, too much a townhouse to have a place in a beachfront resort. It’s a thoughtful response to Provincetown’s perennially mixed signals.


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