259-263 Commercial Street

Snow Building | Lily Pond | Paws & Whiskers

Two three-and-a-half-story buildings, built before 1858, are joined by a one-story “hyphen” at 259-263 Commercial Street. Obadiah Snow bought No. 261 in 1873 and No. 263 in 1875. Here he sold household furnishings and fancy goods. There is a rich history of the Snow family — and several revealing pictures of these buildings — the chapter “The Photographer and His Surroundings,” in Irma Ruckstuhl’s Old Provincetown in Early Photographs. James Arthur Lopes (±1904-2001), who made his home at 120 Bradford Street, moved his men’s store here to the Snow Building in 1954. The store was in business until 1973. (“James Arthur Lopes, 97,” The Banner, 10 May 2001.) Residents in 1984 included the artist Cynthia H. Packard (b 1957). Recent retail tenants have included the Lily Pond gift store and Paws & Whiskers a pet store.

3 thoughts on “259-263 Commercial Street

  1. My adopted “uncle,” Stanley Cook Snow, was born at 6 Washington Avenue, as was his brother, Morris. Their house was the first with central heating in Provincetown. Their mother, Mabel, died at an early age.

    Stanley lived at 259 Commercial Street with his wife, Dorothea; her father, Louis Linton; and Stanley’s father, Louis “Pa” Snow.

    Stanley was an avid sailor. Jot Small [see 490 Commercial Street] built Eskimo boat No. 4 for him. Stanley taught me how to sail as a young boy. Every Sunday, I sailed with him. The Eskimo had been destroyed in a storm by this time.

    Morris Snow, Stanley’s brother, lived here. He was a craftsman and carpenter. His wife, Melissa, was quite the social butterfly. She worked as a typesetter at The New Beacon newspaper, owed by Gus Aust.

    Neither brother had children. Dorothea and Stanley — Uncle Stanley and Aunt Dot — spent every holiday with my family at 610 Commercial Street. Dorothea, an accomplished pianist, always played the piano as our entire family (except my father, Herbert, and Uncle Stanley) sang Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve. My mother’s sister, Mabel Rich of 9 Center Street, and her family were also always there.

  2. And the “P’town Pulp” for a while…. Open year around, I loved having the building for a couple of years with it’s display windows, as a sorta stage presentation for the passerby’s as the second Pulp store I built in Provincetown!

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