619 Commercial Street

619 Commercial Street, by Josephine Del Deo (1976), from the Provincetown Public Library.

619 Commercial Street, by Josephine Del Deo (1976), from the Provincetown Public Library.

Maurice Sterne, a student of Thomas Eakins, was the first American artist honored with a one-man retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, in 1933. He spent a summer at the former Peaked Hill Bars Life-Saving Station with Mabel Dodge, to whom he was married. He and his second wife, Vera, acquired the Sandstorm Cottage at No. 619 in 1946. In the ’60s and ’70s, it was owned by Diana (Tead) Michaelis, a producer at WGBH public television in Boston, whose credits included an Academy Award-winning documentary. “Provincetown,” by her son David, was among Houghton Mifflin’s The Best American Essays 2001. The house, renovated in 2002 to its current profile, is owned by Prof. Sherry Turkle of M.I.T., the author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other.


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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