430 Commercial Street

430 Commercial Street, Rice/Polak Gallery, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

430 Commercial Street, Rice/Polak Gallery, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Peter Hunt secretary at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Peter Hunt secretary at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

430-432 Commercial Street (1940s), courtesy of Alice Brock.

430-432 Commercial Street (1940s), courtesy of Alice Brock.

This monumental mid-19th-century house is a gateway to Kiley Court, once known as Peter Hunt’s Lane or Peter Hunt’s Peasant Village, after the artisan who made exuberant work of do-it-yourself projects. Commercial tenants since the ’40s have included the Gentle Outdoor Shop, the Little Gallery, the Town and Country Life Dress Shop, To the Queen’s Taste, Helen Carter Country-Wear, the Hookery, and the Collectors’ Shop. What may have been Provincetown’s first epicurean grocery store, Ciro and Patti Cozzi’s La Dispensa, opened here around 1967, complementing Ciro & Sal’s restaurant farther down the courtyard. (See 4 Kiley Court.) After that, it was the Chandler Gallery and is now the Rice/Polak Gallery, founded by Marla Rice and Richard Polak in 1992. Polak retired in 2005 and died in 2008. Rice still runs the gallery.


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