The Provincetown Cold Storage Company complex, at the foot of Johnson Street, was constructed in 1893 by a group of investors led by Dan Frank Small.
By 1940, when the Atlantic Coast Fisheries Corporation had all but absorbed the Provincetown fishing industry, The Advocate reported that the Provincetown Cold Storage — also known as the Johnson Street freezer — was the “only independent cold storage remaining in town.” It closed in 1949 and was demolished in 1952. In October, when its enormous smokestack was toppled, a newspaper writer said: “This is the third stack we have seen go in 15 years. The first was at the site of the former Fishermen’s Cold Storage [183-185 Commercial] and the second at the Colonial Cold Storage [229 Commercial]. Their removal seems to level the town to its own size, snuggling it ever closer to the shore.”