49 Commercial Street

49 Commercial Street, Twin Bays, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

49 Commercial Street, Twin Bays, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Twin Bays is one of the most immaculately maintained houses in the West End. Passers-by in summertime can count on seeing its window boxes in profuse bloom. There are indeed twin bay windows on the ground floor and unusual twin attic windows. Built around 1820, this was the home on Long Point of Prince Freeman. It was in the center of the settlement, on the shores of Lobster Plain. George Payne, an artist who depicted old wharves and fish houses, was a subsequent owner. Patrick Trani purchased it in 1966 and owned it with Tim Chappel, beginning in 2003. Trani died in 2015.


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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