Portuguese Square

Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson's "Doughboy" in Portuguese Square, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson’s “Doughboy” in Portuguese Square, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Doughboy, a memorial of the Great World War, is the town’s best-known and least-known work by a woman artist, Theo(dora) Alice Ruggles Kitson. The Gorham Manufacturing Company cast the bronze. It was erected in 1928. Veterans of subsequent conflicts appear in the Veterans Park Honor Roll, three low walls of rough-hewn granite with plaques bearing the names of those who served. The newest roster reflects America’s perpetual state of war: “Iraq – Panama – Grenada – Haiti – Gulf – Bosnia – Somalia – Lebanon.” The benches on Commercial have long been called the “Meat Rack.” The selectmen ordered them removed in 1971 to rid the area of “undesirables,” but townsfolk fought back and the benches were reinstalled. Today, in early morning, this is where the town’s hidden workforce of restaurant and guest house employees often gathers before another tough day begins.

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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