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15 Center St

15 Center St
Historic District Survey information for 15 Center St
Architectural Description: 15 Center Street is a 2-story, 5-bay dwelling with rear ell. The side gable roof, clad in asphalt shingles, has a partial returns; a gambrel wall dormer in front and rear cross gambrel. Shed dormer on rear cross gambrel section. A Queen Anne-style 2nd-story turret is located at the southwestern corner. The building is clad in clapboard, with fish scale and scallop shaped shingles in the gambrel dormer and on the turret. Corner boards are present. The center entry contains a pane and panel wood door, full wood surround; single-pane sidelights and entablature cap. Fenestration includes an oval stained glass window in gambrel end; 1/1 vinyl DHS with wood surrounds. A full-width porch with hipped roof extends across the primary facade turned, fluted posts and turned balustrade; wood deck. A flat roof, 1-story enclosed porch is located on the south facade. The enclosure consists of 1/1 wood DHS, and is accessed by paired wood French doors on the west end under the second-story turret.
Historical Narrative: As per Tom Boland (1994): The building at 15 Center Street is first shown in the 1880 atlas of the town when it was owned by J.S. Atkins. Around the turn of the century, as historic photos indicate, the house was modernized and the current Queen Anne alterations were made. These alterations included the extended rear ell and the gambrel roof forms. The 1907 atlas shows the footprint of the house after its expansion. The house remained in the Atkins family and was owned by James E. Atkins (from at least 1901 to 1907) who was a dealer in furniture and carpets at what was then 248 Commercial.
Bibliography and/or References: Barnstable County Atlas., 1880. Barnstable County Atlas., 1907. Cape Cod Directory, 1901. The Extremity of Cape Cod. Map, 1836. H.F. Wallings Co. Map of Provincetown Village. Atlas, 1858. Resident Directory. W.F. Richardson & Co., 1886. Resident Directory. W.H. Hopkins, 1889. Ruckstuhl, Irma. Old Provincetown in Early Photographs. Toronto, 1987.
Center Street (Provincetown, Mass.), Dwellings, and Historic Districts--Massachusetts--Provincetown
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