“Welcome to Provincetown”

"Welcome to Provincetown," by David W. Dunlap (2013).

“Welcome to Provincetown,” by David W. Dunlap (2013).

The four-by-six-foot “Welcome to Provincetown” sign just west of Snail Road was originally painted in the early 1980s by the watercolorist Doris Britt, who was chosen from among eight applicants by the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce. In 1996, the painter Frank Milby was commissioned to repaint the sign. He returned a seagull to the piling at the left edge of the composition that Britt had eliminated at some point between her original cartoon and the finished version. Charming as it is, it scarcely replaces the fondly remembered sign at the branch of Routes 6 and 6A: “Provincetown Either Way.”

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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