2 Baker Avenue

2 Baker Avenue, circular cellar, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

2 Baker Avenue, circular cellar, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Claire Sprague, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Claire Sprague, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Once known as 9B Pearl Street, this house was constructed in the early 19th century. Like many older buildings, it has a circular cellar whose shape buttresses the wall against the pressure of surrounding sand. The property was purchased in 1994 by Claire Sprague, the host and co-creator with Ann Lane of Sister Talk on WOMR-FM, a program focusing on gender issues that was broadcast for 17 years, until 2009. Sprague co-curated, with Irma Ruckstuhl, “The Jeweler’s Art: Four Provincetown Silversmiths, 1940s-1960s,” a 2003 exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and was co-executor of the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed estate. After she sold this property in 2012, her secret little pathway down to Pearl Street was closed off.

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