The East End Bookshop was owned and run by the photographer Molly Malone Cook, partner of the poet Mary Oliver, and it possessed literary and artistic heft. Among its customers were Norman Mailer, Robert Motherwell, and Henry Geldzahler. John Waters worked there in 1966. Its setting was a 19th-century house expanded over the years into a courtyard complex once called the Quadrangle, and now Designer’s Dock, owned by Albert McMeen. Tenants have included Log Cabin Candies, Wood Shed (“fabulous wooden sunglasses”), James Wingate Parr’s gallery, Blue Poodle Art Shop, Greenpeace Shop, Moda Fina, Poli Gallery, Dock View Gallery, and Kyle Ringquist Studio and Gallery. The Song of Myself photography studio was established by Brad Fowler in 1996. His sitters have included Michael Cunningham, B. D. Wong, and the entire Provincetown Players troupe — naked. He also took the author’s photograph. Clothed.
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.