337 Commercial Street

Peter Macara's mural at 337 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Peter Macara’s mural at 337 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Lands End Marine Supply has so much great stuff that it’s tempting to wonder: If you can’t find it here, do you really need it? Joseph Macara first hung his shingle in 1940 at 303 Commercial and opened this store in 1946, working with his wife, Helen (Thomas) Macara and the builder Maline Costa. In 1952, he constructed a waterfront building on the site of McGuire’s Sail Loft, the last operating sailmaker in town. Macara’s nephew Craig Russell took over and, in 2003, expanded the store, adding the distinctive lighthouse. The expansion created a 4-by-48-foot blank wall for which Russell commissioned his cousin, the artist Peter Macara, to create a mural: a panoramic portrait of the town. (The photo above is a single image, not morticed.) Behind the store are pilings from Macara’s Wharf; also called Higgins Wharf, for the Higgins Lumber Company, or Hilliard’s Wharf.

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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