240 Commercial Street

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

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

Built around 1830 in the Greek Revival style, No. 240 was in the Patrick family for decades. Matilda Caroline (Tarvis) Patrick, who owned Patrick’s News Store, also sold Christmas items in the front rooms here, said Irma Ruckstuhl, a historian and former shopkeeper herself. “It was one of the very few retail establishments which could at that time (the early ’50s) truly be called a gift shop,” Ruckstuhl said. In the 1970s, it was Outermost Kites, run by Christina Davidson and Gabriel Brooke, and remembered not only for the lovely kites hanging on the deep porch, but for having a popcorn machine out front. This has been a housewares store in recent years; first, Chadington’s of Provincetown, and now Shor, run by Herbert Acevedo and Kevin Miller.


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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