† CCNS Herring Cove | First Bath House

Herring Cove Bath House

In 1953, the Herring Cove Bath House opened, an event consequential enough to draw Governor Christian A. Herter. Designed by Mario Caputo of Boston, the state-built bath house was a handsome-enough modernist structure with a glass-block facade. It could have passed for a small-town airport terminal.

Adjoining shower and locker pavilions brought its length to 148 feet. (The building has since been truncated.) The National Park Service is drawing up plans to replace it.

While it doesn’t rank in the forefront of Provincetown’s picturesque structures, it has turned up in at least one painting: Robert Morgan‘s Late Afternoon, Herring Cove Bathhouse.

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