638 Commercial Street

638 Commercial Street (1984), from Daniel Kearney.

638 Commercial Street (1984), from Daniel Kearney.

Jack Kearney sculptures, by David W. Dunlap (2011 and 2008).

Jack Kearney sculptures, by David W. Dunlap (2011 and 2008).

Jack Kearney, from Daniel Kearney.

Jack Kearney, from Daniel Kearney.

Whimsical. Idiosyncratic. Delightful. Surprising. Humanistic. Kinetic. And recycled. Jack Kearney (pictured) was best known for his fantastic reworking of chrome bumpers and other automotive remnants (he fashioned General de Gaulle from a Citroën); a fitting body of work for Provincetown. Kearney, who died in 2014, maintained an impressive workshop at 3 Aunt Sukey’s Way. Though the family hails from Chicago, he and his wife, Lynn, and their children Jill and Daniel have been fixtures in town since just about forever. Their summer home began as a garage for the Hyphen-House estate across the road, Nos. 635-637. It was purchased in 1957 by the artist Joseph Kaplan and his wife, Virginia. The Kearneys bought it in 1981 and converted the garage and studio into a proper dwelling.


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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