The existence of a beautifully simple yard, complete with swing set, at what would otherwise be a multimillion-dollar waterfront development site is itself enough to make the heart sing. But the lawn makes an extra contribution to the civic landscape by opening the vista at the end of Cook Street to the harbor itself, with the result that Cook Street is one of the loveliest in Provincetown.
Interestingly, the lot is unrelated to the properties on either side of it. Instead, it is the front yard of 472 Commercial Street, and has been at least since the days that David C. Stull lived there, if not earlier. The relationship of properties astride Commercial Street is a graphic reminder that the paved street itself was once not nearly as important as it is today; goods and people moved more frequently and easily up and down the water or the beach. One can only imagine how developers salivate at the prospect of acquiring this 0.172-acre lot, now owned by Mary L. Moore, which makes its expansive view of the harbor all that more precious.