40 Commercial Street

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

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

Helene and Lawrence Richmond, courtesy of Lauren Richmond.

Helene and Lawrence Richmond, courtesy of Lauren Richmond.

Lawrence Richmond does not have the household name of Helena Rubinstein, the cosmetics giant from whom he and his wife, Helene, bought this property in 1945. But Richmond was an influential tastemaker, as head of Music Dealers Service, distributors of pop sheet music. He was president of the Art Association, president of the Provincetown Symphony Orchestra, commodore of the Provincetown Yacht and Tennis Club, and a cofounder of the West End Racing Club. The Richmonds’ daughter Lauren lives at No. 36. This house was built in the late 18th or early 19th century. The first lightkeeper at Long Point lived here. It was purchased in 1942 by Rubinstein, together with Nos. 41 and 42, and was owned briefly in the mid-’90s by the Emmy-winning television director Bob McKinnon.


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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