Cape Cod National Seashore | Back Shore

C-Scape (Shack No. 1)

C-Scape, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

C-Scape, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

C-Scape, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

C-Scape, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

The Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, after a 23-year struggle by preservationists against the once-intransigent National Park Service. Fifteen of the 19 shacks are within town limits. The westernmost is C-Scape, or Shack 1 in the numbering convention of Robert J. Wolfe’s seminal report, Dwelling in the Dunes. The shack was begun in 1937 by Albert Noones, of Cape End Motors, and his brother, Edward Noones. It was owned until 1979 by the painter Jean Cohen, who had studied with Leo Manso. The artists John Grillo, Jan Müller, and Marcia Marcus also used it. The last full-time occupant was the psychologist Larry McCready. It was moved to its present location in 1978. It’s been managed since 1996 by the nonprofit Provincetown Community Compact, run by Jay Critchley and Tom Boland, and made available to artists and writers.


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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