665 Commercial Street

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

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

Around the neighborhood, this incomparably situated 1917 Colonial Revival-style “cottage” is known as the Fabian house, after Dr. Alice and Dr. Abraham Fabian. But it might as well be called the “Cape Light house,” since it’s on the cover of the 1978 book by the photographer Joel Meyerowitz, and appears in a half dozen plates within. Nothing about its siting and design should be taken as accidental. Because it was constructed for an artist, Florence Waterbury, we may be sure that every vista was closely considered. She sold the property in 1956 to the Fabians, husband-and-wife psychiatrists from New York. Their daughter, Lisa Fabian Lustigman, is special counsel at the Withers law firm in London. She maintains the home immaculately and rents it out as “the most famous house in Provincetown,” which is not an unreasonable claim, thanks to Cape Light.

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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