645 Commercial Street

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

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

Ione Avery Gaul first came to town in 1915, with her parents, the musician Harvey Gaul and the writer Harriet Avery. In 1936, she married Hudson Dean “Huddie” Walker, gallerist, connoisseur, grandson of the founder of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and first curator of what is now the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota. Nine years later, Ione was offered No. 645, the Grayling, one of five homes built by Horace Albertus Spear Jr. Concerned since the early ‘60s about the lack of low-cost living quarters and studios for younger artists, they were among the founders of the Fine Arts Work Center, where a gallery is named in his honor. Their daughters are Berta Walker, Louise (Walker) Davy, and Harriet (Walker) “Hatty” Fitts. [The image in the book Building Provincetown is a portrait of the Walkers (1964), by Arnold Newman, courtesy of the Arnold Newman Collection/Getty Images.]


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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