289 Bradford Street

289 Bradford Street, far right, when it was at 234 Commercial Street (ca 1906), courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

289 Bradford Street, far right, when it was at 234 Commercial Street (ca 1906), courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

289 Bradford Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

289 Bradford Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Nothing stands still in Provincetown; not even the buildings. This Greek Revival-style cottage once occupied a prime downtown lot at Union Square, across from the Crown & Anchor. You can see it, in profile, at right in the old photo. In its downtown days at 234 Commercial, the building was used by a florist (Austin of Wellfleet), a doctor’s office (Thomas Perry, M.D.), a candy and fudge store (Barrett’s), a jeweler (Cape Rock), and a little 1960s countercultural hub called the Far Out shop. The historian Susan Leonard recalled a tenant who did a booming business carving Easter Island-inspired tiki pendants.


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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