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.