A splash of pink, this 1850s house at 52 Commercial Street is known as “La Principessa.” It was here that John Whorf, a water-colorist whom The Advocate called the “jewel in the crown of many noted Provincetown artists,” rode out the hurricane of 1944. Though born in Winthrop, he came to town at a young age to visit his grandfather Isaiah. Handsome and worldly, he became a consummate town insider, serving as Skipper of the Beachcombers, but was also well-known off-Cape.
The Metropolitan Museum, for instance, acquired his Southern Ocean in 1939. Whorf died in 1959, at the age of 56. His granddaughter Amy Whorf McGuiggan is the author of the memoir, My Provincetown.
This was the property of Luther Nickerson at the turn of the 20th century, when it was denominated 37 Commercial Street.