162 Commercial Street

162 Commercial Street, before reconstruction, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

162 Commercial Street, before reconstruction, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

The Provincetown-Jamaica connection is older than most people imagine. This house was built by the Atkins family from next door, said Ken Weiss, who has owned the property since 1994. They sold it in 1900 to Lorenzo Dow Baker of Wellfleet, who’s credited with having introduced the banana to Boston in 1871, importing them from Jamaica. His Boston Fruit Corporation was a corporate ancestor of Chiquita Brands International. Lorenzo Dow Baker Jr. sold the house in 1918 to George Elmer Browne, an American impressionist who had studied at the Académie Julian in Paris and ran the West End School of Art in town. He died in 1946 and his funeral was held here. In 2008, Weiss restored what he could of the facade and recreated the rest.


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