3 Allerton Street

Studio behind 3 Allerton Street. [2011, Dunlap]

Behind the main house at 3 Allerton Street is a shed that has served for years as an artist’s studio – now used in summers by the painter Bert Yarborough, a faculty member at the Fine Arts Work Center and at Colby-Sawyer College; formerly by the sculptor Paul Bowen. “It is a great little space,” Yarborough said. “But my best studio is Hatches Harbor out at the end of Herring Cove beach!”

Interior of the studio in 2007. [Courtesy of Bert Yarborough.]

Marian Roth wrote on 7 January 2012: The potter Debbie Kahn produced a line of distinctive cups, bowls, plates, pitchers, etc. under the label “Scribblefish Pottery.” Her pieces can still be found in many Provincetown homes.

Dan Towler wrote on 10 February 2014: It should be mentioned that the house at 3 Allerton, where I have lived since 1995, was built in 1938 by James S. Thomas, a skilled carpenter also widely known for transporting residents to their shacks in the dunes in his Model A. He and his wife Edith, a talented artist in her own right, who died in 1994, raised two children here. Their son Jonathan, forever remembered for climbing up the outside of the Monument one July night in 1959, died in 1978 from injuries suffered in a fall from a roof near his home in Vermont. Their daughter, Michal Thomas Barnes, still owns the house.

Jim Thomas’s father, Fred, who lived across the street at 620 Commercial Street, outlived both his son and grandson. He died in 1979 at the age of 100.

Jim, incidentally, also built the workshop across the backyard of 3 Allerton that became Arthur Cohen’s home at 313 Bradford Street. He also built the three-car garage in the yard of 3 Allerton, onto which his son, Jonathan, later built the studio for Edith. Many other artists have used the garage and studio as workspace, including the late Debbie Kahn, known for her Scribblefish Pottery.

3 Allerton Street on the Town Map, showing property lines.

Also at this address

Main house.

¶ Last updated in 2015.

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