On the Law Street side of No. 394 is a beautifully simple, arrow-shaped sign — “White Caps Motel / Apartments Rooms Parking” — pointing to a small downtown motel, open since the 1960s, when it was developed by Mildred and Joseph Bent. They bought this property in 1955, and it remains in the family. The dune dwellers Peter Clemons and Marianne Benson operated their Backshore Gallery here from 2003 to 2009. In 2012, Tim Convery opened Tim-Scapes, selling apparel with familiar tableaux and words rendered in bold lines as if made of colorful masking tape. The shop, now at 208 Commercial, is responsible for the look of the moment.
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.