Delft Haven II Condominium.
Named for the Pilgrims’ embarkation port in Holland, the pretty cottage colony of Delft Haven was begun around 1934 by Ralph S. Carpenter, the retired general manager of the Caribbean Sugar Company of Manopia, Cuba, who lived at 11 Commercial Street. Carpenter was among the first hosts to offer big-city amenities. “The rest of the world enjoys a bath once in a while,” he said in 1937. “More than anything else, the town needs bathrooms and better beds.” But wait — there was more. The cottages were “steam heated from a central plant” and “completely furnished for housekeeping for four people,” an early brochure stated. “A living room with fireplace, bathroom, two bedrooms each with twin beds and an all-electric kitchen offer the facilities and comforts of a real home. The price of rental includes all requirements, electricity for all purposes, fuel for fireplaces, steam heat, linen, silver, and household laundry. Weekly housecleaning is done and bath and table linen are changed daily.” All this for $10 a day (about $185) in high season, $5 at other times, except January and February, when the complex was closed.
What wasn’t to like? Well, there was this: “Patronage restricted,” the same brochure declared. That probably meant Jews were unwelcome, though Carpenter would have gladly excluded homosexuals, too.
Under the ownership of Peter L. Boyle, Delft Haven became an early condo association, in 1977. (Bayberry Bend, 910 Commercial Street, was the first.) The Delft Haven I Condominium is at 10 Commercial Street.
For a view of Unit 1, please see 7 Commercial Street.
For a view of Unit 2, please see 7 Commercial Street.
For a view of Unit 3 and history of the White Party, please see 7 Commercial Street.
For a view of Unit 4, please see 7 Commercial Street.
For a view of Unit 5, please see 7 Commercial Street.
For a view of Unit 6, please see 7 Commercial Street.
For a view of Units 7-8, please see 7 Commercial Street.
For a view of Unit 17, please see 7 Commercial Street.
Delft Haven has been the setting of Provincetown’s annual White Party since the 1980s, when Kenneth J. Kruse and Donald E. Cote lived there. White costumes only; anything else goes. Had he lived to see the day, Carpenter would have turned white as a ghost. Appropriately enough.
¶ Last updated on 8 March 2018.
Kenneth Kruse wrote on 12 January 2014: Don Cote and I lived there in the 1980s, where we initiated the now somewhat well known White Party of Labor Day weekend.
Mary-Jo Avellar wrote on 13 January 2014: Delft Haven was owned by the late Peter Boyle, who eventually owned the Anchor Inn [175 Commercial Street]. I was working as a paralegal for the law firm Lawson & Wayne, who prepared the condominium documents. Once the units were sold, Peter built a home on or near Point Street and acquired the Anchor Inn, which he renovated prior to his death.
Richard Faust wrote on 19 August 2014: Bayberry Bend condos, located at 910 Commercial Street, is the oldest condo complex in Provincetown. Its master deed is dated 28 August 1972; Delft Haven’s is 28 June 1977. A small bit of trivia: Bay Colony Condos, located at 690 Commercial Street, were the first built expressly to be condominiums. The Bay Colony master deed is dated 9 June 1976.