205-209 Commercial Street

205-209 Commercial Street, by Jill Turner Odice (1976).

205-209 Commercial Street, by Jill Turner Odice (1976).

Postcard of 205-209 Commercial Street as the Marine Aquarium, from the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

Postcard of 205-209 Commercial Street as the Marine Aquarium, from the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

From 1964 through the mid-’70s, the Aquarium Marketplace was Donald Gleason’s Marine Aquarium, curated by John O’Connor, the high school biology instructor. Three dolphins — Jackie, Lady, and Lucky — spent summers in a pool under the deck now occupied by Aqua Bar. The current mall is arranged as a Main Street, with tenants like Big Daddy’s Burritos, Connie’s Bakery, Earth, Fortune Cookie, Human Rights Campaign Action Center and Store, I Dream of Gelato, Item, Klymaxx-Unlimited, Native Cape Cod Seafood, Street Eats, and Uma Loucura. It’s owned by Ben deRuyter through a trust. The double-P ligatures in the facade stand for Paige Brothers Garage, a Hudson and Essex dealership, which this was in 1921, when it was built.

Update | July 2015: Uma Loucura has been replaced by Two Southern Sissies BBQ.


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