96 Commercial Street

96 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

96 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Colossal corner pilasters mark this robust, yet refined, Greek Revival-style home, which was built in the mid-19th century. In recent years, it was Captain Lysander’s Inn, after Capt. Lysander Paine, a partner in the fishing concern of J. & L. N. Paine, whose wharf was nearby. (The proprietors may have imagined that an inn called “Captain Paine” would be tougher to market.) The most significant resident of this house was Edith Linwood Bush, Paine’s granddaughter, who moved here in 1952 after retiring as the dean of the Jackson College for Women at Tufts University. She was the first woman professor to teach in the College of Engineering at Tufts. Her brother, Vannevar Bush, now described as a progenitor of the Internet, has also been described as a father of the atomic bomb.

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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