353½ Commercial Street

353½ Commercial Street, with Heather Bruce, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

353½ Commercial Street, with Heather Bruce, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Among the last of the old, working, waterfront art studios in Provincetown is that used by the painter Heather Bruce, who studied at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown with both Henry Hensche and Lois Griffel. The building’s lineage is impeccable, as it was constructed by her great-grandfather, Frank A. Days, who was the town’s premier builder and the man whose lumber and coal yard — now the Fine Arts Work Center — once housed artists’ studios. Though it appears to be part of Angel’s Landing, No. 353½ occupies its own tax lot. It was originally one long building, used for mending nets. In 1922, the painter Julius Katzieff came to town and moved into Days’s shed. Days accommodated the painter by creating two large notches on the eastern elevation of the structure with deeply inset windows that came close to offering a true north orientation.


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