† Wharf at 401 Commercial Street

 
Ed Small Wharf

Small’s Wharf was the easternmost of a trio in the near East End. Like the adjacent Conwell’s Wharf, Small’s was pressed into a second useful stint for the L. Pickert & Company fish-packing concern, based in Boston. This wharf was used for filleting and smoking fish, while the canning took place on Conwell’s, also known as Cannery Wharf. The group shot above was taken outside the filleting plant. More pictures and history»

401 Commercial Street

 
Lucy Cross House (Casa Lucia da Cruz)

Early in the new year of 1919, Aylmer and Katie Small sold this house to Primo and Lucia da Cruz (Lucy Cross). It has been in the family ever since. Their daughter, Maria da Cruz (Mary Cross), married Preston Grant “Pat” Hall. The couple lived at 396 Commercial Street; operated the Souvenir Shop at 286 Commercial; the Gift Box at 397 Commercial; and, also at 397 Commercial, Pat’s Happy Parking and the Cinnamon Sands cottage. More pictures and history»

401½ Commercial Street

Devon’s

In what seems to be a perfect spot for a cozy restaurant with a great view, several establishments have come and gone in recent decades. In 1979, Zoltan and Juliet Gluck, and their son, David, opened a restaurant here. Gluck’s gallery and home was across the street at 398 Commercial. Dodie’s Diner — “full of family photos, old toys, 1950s bric-a-brac,” The Boston Globe said approvingly — opened in 1993. It was followed by the Little Fluke Café, which was in business for five years. Devon Ruesch, who was a partner in the Little Fluke, opened the current restaurant in May 2007.

403 Commercial Street

Say what else you will, that’s one heck of a dormer on 403 Commercial. This house has been in family hands for several generations. Justin Jason and his wife, Philomena Marks Jason (±1873-1939) were living here in the 1930s. Their daughter Catherine Jason, a junior high school teacher, married Manuel F. Cadose (±1884-1960), an engineer on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, in 1937. The Cadose couple lived here. In a poignant twist, Mrs. Jason’s sister, who also lived in this house, died here six days after Mrs. Jason did. (The Cadoses’ other daughter, Philomena “Phil” Jason, married Cyril T. Patrick. These two were partners in the East End Market at 212 Bradford Street and the Noel shop.) More pictures and history»

404 Commercial Street

 
Dalla Cucina

It seems sometimes that the owners of just about every stately Provincetown house claim it was built for a whaling captain. In the case of 404 Commercial Street, a monumental Greek Revival structure that would not look wholly out of place in Charleston or Savannah, the claim is not hard to believe. Diners have known it as the Southern Mansion, Landmark, Chester, Bistro 404 and Dalla Cucina. More pictures and history»

405-407 Commercial Street

SeasCape Realty | Larkin Gallery

Among the businesses that have had a home here over the years were John Psomas’s meat market in the 1910s; Capt. John A. Matheson’s grocery store in the 1910s; Ye Pilgrime Shoppe in the early 1930s (sounds like they could have used Hopkins Cleansers); the Ethel Baker Mayo Studio in the late 1930s; the Pilgrim Shop in the early 1940s; and Michael Alexander, Fine Home Decorator, in the late 1940s. More pictures and history»