43 Commercial Street

Dr. Don’s Landing

Dr. Don’s Landing, a condominium at 43 Commercial Street, occupies a building that once stood at the center of the Long Point settlement, where it was built around 1840 for the whaling captain John C. Weeks Sr., whose son lived at 42 Commercial Street. Harriet Weeks Spear was born here in 1851, when the house will still across the harbor. It was ferried over when Harriet was seven years old and she continued to live there well into her 80s, after completing a half century as a high school teacher. She married at the age of 70.

She and her husband ran the home as Spear’s, most of whose summer tenants were teachers. It is now known as Dr. Don’s Landing. “Don” appears to be Donald E. Butterfield. The second and third floors were offered for sale in 2008 for $1,595,000.

This was the property of the Rev. Joseph H. Weeks at the turn of the 20th century, when it was denominated 14 Commercial Street.


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  1. This house was owned by Robert and Grace Campbell in, probably, the 50’s and 60’s. Robert Campbell was partners with Donald Witherstine and together they ran Shore Studios in Boston and Provincetown. The P’town gallery was in a cottage at the rear of 47 Commercial St. where the Witherstine’s lived. After the Campbell’s sold 43 Commercial, I believe Roda and Will Rossmore bought the home. I think Don Butterfield bought it from them. Roda and Will now live at 25 Commercial St.

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