148 Commercial Street

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

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

“F. Gaspa” declares the stencil-carving in the porch bargeboards of this unusual house, which looks as if a small slice of Bourbon Street had been set down on Commercial. Capt. Frank Gaspa was a high-line fisherman who came from Pico, in the Azores, at the turn of the 20th century. “A stern, hard skipper aboard a vessel, conscious of his position and tolerating no opposition, his greatest boast was, nevertheless, that in all of his years of fishing on the treacherous Grand Banks, he never lost a man,” The Advocate said in his 1953 obituary. The decorative detailing was by Jesse Rogers, who was responsible for the Delight Cottage Resort, 113 Commercial. In recent years, the ground floor has been occupied by the Tristan Gallery, the T. J. Walton Gallery (now at No. 153) and, currently, Debbie Nadolney’s AMP: Art Market Provincetown.

148 Commercial Street porch, by Debbie Nadolney (2015).

148 Commercial Street porch, by Debbie Nadolney (2015).


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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