422 Commercial Street

422 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

422 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

“Built by Paul L. Bangs, 1798-1862, Mariner, Circa 1840,” the white-on-blue plaque tells you. What it doesn’t mention, however, is that a direct Bangs descendant was living here until 1955; not a bad span of family ownership, though by no means unheard of in these parts. This was also the Provincetown home of the artist Yeffe Kimball, who was renowned for bridging Native American and Modernist art even though — as it turned out — she wasn’t the least bit Native American. She bought the house in 1958 and rented to a succession of art-related tenants: a branch of Garelick’s Galleries of Detroit, the Umberto Romano School of Art, the Castellane Gallery, Gull Gallery, and Place Gallery. It’s now a condo. Residents include Lee Ash, a real estate agent and former chairwoman of the Public Pier Corporation.


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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