47 Commercial Street

47 Commercial Street, Labrador Landing, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

47 Commercial Street, Labrador Landing, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

"The Seiners" (detail), by Donald Witherstine, courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

“The Seiners” (detail), by Donald Witherstine, courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

The Labrador Landing Condominium occupies a large 1835 structure that was distinguished for its dimensions early on: it was the only two-story house on Long Point, where it belonged to John Williams. In 1947, Donald Witherstine opened the Shore Studio Gallery. It was one of the first and most important commercial galleries in town. “We could use the amazing Mr. Witherstine in 57th Street,” Edward Alden Jewell wrote in The New York Times. “He is a force, a whiz, a conflagration.” Witherstine had a studio here in the ’30s, where he showed etchings, block prints, and paintings. As director of the Art Association, he’d caused a sensation in 1945 by arranging for the sales of artwork there. He died in 1961. The Boathouse Cottage at Labrador Landing is the old gallery.


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