309 Commercial Street

309 Commercial Street, from the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

309 Commercial Street, from the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

Shirley Baker, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Shirley Baker, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Marian Goveia, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Marian Goveia, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

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Two of the most familiar faces in town — sturdily beautiful Portuguese faces — have been watching over Lopes Square for many years, from one of the longest continuously operated dining spots in town. They are Shirley Baker and Marian (Cook) Goveia of John’s Foot-Long Hot Dogs, and they are civic treasures. The hot dog stand dates to 1961 and takes its name from John Grace, who once owned the building. Goveia’s tenure began in 1970, when the adjoining storefront was Turner’s Candy, which lured customers with the smell of freshly-made fudge. They were joined in recent years by Deborah Jones, a talented Jamaican photographer. William Wilson Taylor operated the famous Taylor’s Restaurant in this building in the early 20th century.


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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