351C Commercial Street

351C Commercial Street, from the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

351C Commercial Street, from the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

Blanche Lazzell's "The Lumber Wharf" (1929), from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

Blanche Lazzell’s “The Lumber Wharf” (1929), from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

It’s hard to conceive that the waterfront studio of Blanche Lazzell, one of the town’s more important artists, slipped under the radar into oblivion as recently as 2002. Lazzell, renowned for white-line woodcuts, studied with Charles Hawthorne and Oliver Chaffee. She worked in a fish house that she rebuilt as a studio in 1926. In 2001, the town approved demolition of the shed, which was listed as “non-contributing” in the National Register inventory and wasn’t flagged by the authorities. Her studio was razed days before “From Paris to Provincetown: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut” opened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and months before the Historic District was created.


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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