Top: Rooms for Tourists, by Edward Hopper, 1945. [Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery] Bottom: Roughly the same view, photographed in 2009. [Dunlap]
Text last updated on 23 August 2016 | The Sunset Inn looks just like something from an Edward Hopper painting, doesn’t it? That’s because it is something from an Edward Hopper painting: Rooms for Tourists. At the time Hopper painted his tranquilly evocative nighttime scene, in 1945, James Carter and his family were living in this Italianate-style house, which was built around 1850-1860. It has been the Sunset Inn at least since the early 1960s. James Gavin and Keith Brickel bought the property in 1972. The Sunset Inn was an early member of the Provincetown Business Guild. Gavin ran it until 1997, when it was acquired by Joel Tendler. The lodging house license was transferred in 2002 to Adrian Padilla.
¶ Republished on 24 September 2023.
142 Bradford Street on the Town Map, showing property lines.