56 Commercial Street

David Murphy, 56 Commercial Street, the Caravel Guest House, courtesy of Don Murphy.

David Murphy, 56 Commercial Street, the Caravel Guest House, courtesy of Don Murphy.

Don Murphy, 56 Commercial Street, Our Summer Place, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Don Murphy, 56 Commercial Street, Our Summer Place, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Catalog cover by Tod Lindenmuth, courtesy of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Catalog cover by Tod Lindenmuth, courtesy of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

From 1925 to 1940, the artist Tod Lindenmuth and his wife, the illustrator Elizabeth Boardman Warren, lived at No. 56, which was built in the 1840s with handsome Greek Revival-style detail. David Murphy, Provincetown High’s celebrated basketball coach, and his wife, Mary, bought it in 1954, raised a family, and operated it as the Caravel Guest House. Their son, Don Murphy, a leader of the Portuguese Festival, and his wife, Margaret, live here and rent out Lindenmuth’s studio and a comfortable two-story former salt shed under the name Our Summer Place. “The house is still the way it was when my folks bought it,” Don said in 2011. To which I say, thank goodness.


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