Louis and Mary Larsen opened Larsen’s Fish Market in 1969 to provide fair prices for both local fisherman and their customers. Over the last 53 years, Larsen’s has evolved into the quintessential community hub—an unofficial town hall, if you will—for residents of Menemsha, a small fishing town at the southwestern tip of Martha’s Vineyard. Although the island is known for the quaint eastern outposts of Edgartown and Oaks Bluff, Menemsha has seen an uptick in tourism thanks to a recent renovation of this local favorite. The task of preserving the small, shingled shop and honoring its cultural significance arrived to Aaron Schiller, founder of New York–based architecture firm Schiller Projects.
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