174 Commercial Street

174 Commercial Street, White Wind Inn, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

174 Commercial Street, White Wind Inn, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

One of the best mansard roofs in town almost overshadows the Second Empire-style house beneath, which has been the White Wind Inn more than four decades. Richard White — described by the innkeeper Len Paoletti as a moving force in the town’s growth as a gay resort — bought the property with Richard Tonne IV in 1968. They sold to Sandra Rich in 1973, who sold in 1998 to Michael Valenti and Rob Tosner. A remarkable feature of the site is a stone wall constructed of ballast from sailing ships. It can clearly be seen in a 1908 photo of the fire across Winthrop Street at the Centenary Church. The Wilfred Beauty Studio and Mayflower Barber Shop did business here. It was known as Casa Vistosa in the mid-’50s. Outside is a small octagonal pavilion that has housed Ptown Spin, Glass Gazebo, and Coffey Men, among others.

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.



2 thoughts on “174 Commercial Street

  1. Thanks for the origins of the stones used in the stone wall. I’ve often wondered where they came from!

  2. Our family ancestor, Dr. Clarence Roberts Campbell lived in this house until is death on June 19, 1910 at the age of 28 years 4 months and 5 days. He went to Johns Hopkins and had a medical practice in Provincetown on this very site. He was born to James Campbell and Johanna Mc Key Campbell of 304 Commercial Street. His brother, Matthew Philip Campbell was also a Dr educated in Baltimore and he lived and practiced in this house as well until his death on June 19, 1913 at 37 years, 1 month and 30 days. These brothers were the first two full time Doctors in Provincetown.

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