650 Commercial Street

650 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

650 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Cover photograph of Mary Oliver on the 1995 issue, by Barbara Savage Cheresh.

Cover photograph of Mary Oliver on the 1995 issue, by Barbara Savage Cheresh.

Christopher Busa, by Renate Ponsold.

Christopher Busa, by Renate Ponsold.

Provincetown Arts, founded in 1985 by Christopher Busa (pictured) and Raymond Elman, annually offers a rich portrait of cultural life at the Cape end. It’s the connective tissue linking current artists, writers, and poets to those of the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. And it also introduces visitors to the idea that art is taken Very Seriously here. However, if the magazine and Provincetown Arts Press books like George Hirose’s haunting and elegant Blue Nights conjure the image of an architecturally Very Serious headquarters — think again. The office is an attic studio in Busa’s Shingle-style home, built in the early 20th century and once owned by John Van Arsdale, the founder of Provincetown-Boston Airline.


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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