45 Commercial Street

45 Commercial Street, by David Jarrett (1981).

45 Commercial Street, by David Jarrett (1981).

In the 1970s and early ’80s, when Provincetown was at its nonconformist zenith, a neo-Classical belfry, topped by a tapering cupola and whale wind vane, stood outside the Jones Locker guest house at No. 45. It’s gone now but, aside from this handsome picture by David Jarrett, you can get a good glimpse of it in Provincetown Discovered. A trustee of the Jones Locker Condominium, Philip Franchini, relayed a story from Patrick Trani at No. 49 that the cupola came from a building at Harvard and wound up in a Dorchester junkyard, where it was purchased by Larry Jones, who ran this property beginning in the 1960s. He used it as a bar for grand parties on the deck. The main house is a much altered Long Point floater, built about 1840.


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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