698 Commercial Street

698 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

698 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

698 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

698 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

The Holiday Inn survived long enough, after an intermediate phase as the Best Inn and the Cape Inn, to be appreciated for a midcentury vibe, permitting its renascence in 2011 as the Harbor Hotel, under William Finard, Todd Finard, Robert Hughes, Robert Thomas, and Gary Avigne. The renovation was designed by the Utile firm. A twist is that this tract was acquired in 1957 by Alice Van Arsdale of the Breakwater Motel as a buffer to keep competitors away. In 1968, after she died, the land was bought by Frederick Sateriale for the purpose of building a motel to compete with the Breakwater. In 1970, he finished the first phase: a two-story structure paralleling Commercial, with 78 rooms. In 1974, the back building was constructed, with 61 rooms. In its days as a Holiday Inn, the motel began a tradition of free movie nights, which survived to become a kind of town square in winter months.


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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