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Waterfront West Condominium (Units 6 to 8).

The Long Point-West End connection goes back to the days before the Civil War, when that legendary fishing settlement at the very tip of Cape Cod was gradually abandoned and its residents arrived in this neighborhood. In the person of Angelia B. (Freeman) Nickerson (1853-1942), the connection endured until the days of the Second World War. She was born out on Long Point to Eliza Ann (Horton) Freeman (1825-1895) and Capt. Prince Freeman (1822-1909), a seiner and off-shore fisherman. She married Capt. Joshua Stickney Nickerson (1842-1927), who was a whaler and fisherman. Mrs. Nickerson was active in the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House — known then as the Church of the Redeemer — and lived in this house.

The property passed to her son, Albert S. Nickerson (1879-1975), who sold it in 1972 for $62,000 to Tonn Inc., a development company based in Orleans and controlled by members of the Thayer family. Three years later, in 1975, Tonn converted 93 Commercial into a condominium, making it one of the first such conversions in Provincetown. The original trustees were Brooks B. Thayer, Richard C. Nickerson, and Peter M. Sykes. The main house was divided into a commercial space downstairs (Unit S), with three residential units upstairs. Unit 7 is known as the Captain Quarters. Gently lampooning Provincetown’s preoccupation with history, a plaque mounted to the front door in recent years declared: “On this site in 1897 nothing happened.”

Rep. Gerry E. Studds (1937-2006), whose Congressional district included Provincetown, was among the first purchasers at 93 Commercial. He bought Unit 8, the uppermost apartment in the main house, in 1975. Coincidentally, that was when he was claiming attention on Capitol Hill as a co-sponsor of 200-mile-limit legislation to protect American fishing fleets. Studds built 91 Commercial Street next door and moved there in 1984.

For a view of Relish (Unit S), please see 93 Commercial Street.

For a view of the rear structure (Units 1 to 5), please see 93 Commercial Street.

¶ Last updated on 21 August 2018.

Grave sites in Provincetown

Nickerson, Albert S. Find a Grave Memorial 154388338.

Nickerson, Angelia B. Find a Grave Memorial 154389547.

One thought on “93 Commercial Street

  1. Gerry Studds owned the top unit, No. 8, before buying the property next door with a friend, Russell Lukes, an original owner of No. 5. Top unit was named Admiral’s Deck?

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