15 Center Street

15 Center Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

15 Center Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

The picturesque turreted corner of this house made its way into Edward Hopper’s The Lee Shore, according to Edmund V. Gillon Jr. The turret and other Queen Anne-style touches were added to a basic Cape by James “Jimmy Eddie” Atkins, who ran a family furniture business. The store was at 255-257 Commercial, but he used this house as a showcase. The building was purchased in 1965 by James “Jimmy Peek” Souza, the strawberry man, and Marion Lee Souza, who had endured the accidental killing in 1949 of their 19-year-old son, James “Young Jimmy Peek” Souza, by Postmaster William Cabral. Joan Lenane bought the property from the Souza estate in 1995, renovated it, and now shares it with Sally Rose, the editor of The Provincetown Banner.

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