113 Commercial Street

113 Commercial Street, Delight Cottage Resort, courtesy of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

113 Commercial Street, Delight Cottage Resort, courtesy of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

Was there ever a better name for a holiday spot than the Delight Cottage Resort? It was one of the earliest tourist-oriented cottage colonies. Jesse Rogers created this compound, which stood in piquant counterpoint to the Cape Cod Cold Storage. The alternating shingles of the main house were yellow and red. There were wraparound porches with rocking chairs, changing rooms, and even a modest plank boardwalk leading into the sea. The words “Rogers” and “Delight” were carved into bargeboards, a few of which were salvaged when the house was demolished. Two can be found at 571 Commercial Street.


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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