The eccentricity of 42 Commercial Street, built around 1890, as well as the fact that it hasn’t yet been restored to within an inch of its life, makes it especially appealing. Until his death in 1941, this was the home of John C. Weeks Jr., born on Long Point in 1853. He was a whaler in his youth and, in retirement, earned renown as a model ship builder. (His wife, Carrie, made the sails.) Weeks’s miniature of the clipper Rainbow was owned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965), one of the richest women in the world, bought this house in 1942 and kept it until 1947, even after disposing of 40 Commercial Street and 41A Commercial Street. This was where young Gary Eggleston — who would one day become one of the most respected talent scouts of the National Hockey League and marry Judi Boogar, William F. Boogar’s daughter — spent his first Provincetown summer, in 1944.
¶ Last updated on 18 June 2018.
Gary Eggleston wrote on 4 August 2015: My first time spent [in Provincetown] was the summer of 1944, when my family rented 42 Commercial Street, a Helena Rubinstein property. In the fall of 1945, they purchased 29 Commercial Street. My father, Paul, was a Boston businessman, a photographer, and a member of the Beachcombers.