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Provincetown Past & Present – Downtown.

When describing Commercial Street we can say its iconic without understatement as there is no place like it in the world – and how wonderful that it is ours.

In this post series I am examining some great local art that we have at home and overlaying the current condition of its location. This watercolor is by Harvey Dodd from 1983. He had the greatest little gallery right up past the Mews on the water side of the street. It was the oldest gallery in town. Harvey died in 2011.

This is a great scene looking West on Commercial Street from Lopes Square and the entrance to the pier. While Harvey did have a great imagination, the street scene is based in reality. You can see the steeple of Town Hall on the right and the green space in front. The crowds of tourists, the cars, the store fronts and banners portray a typical crazy summer day on Commercial Street. It’s a wonferful watercolor.

The picture below is almost the exact scene on a recent summer day. Thankfully some things just don’t change. This sight is so wonderfully familiar to us.

There is a ton of variety in real estate options downtown. There are some expensive waterfront condos as well as some mid range and entry level condos available. 291 Commercial St #9 which is located in a commercial/residential complex on the left is a two bedroom two bath condo with 1,059 square feet which sold for $748K last September.

To the right and down a short alley, in the photograph, is 284 Commercial Street. Unit #5 is a one bedroom one bath third floor condo with 908 square feet. It sold in August of last year for $337K.

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