60 Commercial Street

60 Commercial Street, by David Jarrett (1994).

60 Commercial Street, by David Jarrett (1994).

A classic full Cape with Federal-style details, built around 1790, No. 60 was owned by the fearless Robenia Anthony, a school teacher in Springfield and a national director of Progressive Citizens of America. In 1953, she refused to tell a Senate subcommittee whether she’d been active in the Communist movement. Another occupant, William Adams, managed the Provincetown Theatre and the Sand Bar Restaurant in the West End. The current occupants are Robert Foy and Joseph Connolly. Nancy Poucher, who lives in the rear cottage, sets up a table full of fresh-cut flowers and vegetables in summer. Passers-by can leave money in an honor box and walk off with a bouquet, or the beginnings of a tasty salad. “There is more overpayment than underpayment,” she told me, gratefully.


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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