2 Allerton Street

Built around 1800 on Commercial Street, 2 Allerton Street was moved here by the New Yorkers Eleanor Bloomfield and Ivy Ivans, who opened the residence as a guest house in the late 1910s. They became permanent residents in 1921 and wrote a home improvement booklet, A House That Is, or a Tale of the Ship’s Bell, in which they described themselves as happily independent women; one an artist, the other a homemaker. In Provincetown, Karen Christel Krahulik wrote that the couple “created a world at Land’s End that, for intimate and practical purposes, was independent of men.”

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