12 Winthrop Street

12 Winthrop Street, by David W. Dunlap.

12 Winthrop Street, by David W. Dunlap.

12 Winthrop Street, by David W. Dunlap.

12 Winthrop Street, by David W. Dunlap.

Snookie’s Nest was the name of this guest house in the late ’70s and early ’80s, under Frederick Suess, an early member of the Provincetown Business Guild. He sold the property in 1981 to Patrick Calkins and Gerald D’Antonio of Philadelphia, who reopened the place in 1984 as the Beaconlite Guest House. Mark Lee Phillips and Keith Wilkinson bought it in 2005 and continue to operate it under a slightly different spelling: BeaconLight Guest House. Its large roof deck is a distinctive feature. The Provincetown Historic Survey dates the house to 1850. Phillips told me that the property had been operated as a guest house since the 1950s; for a time as Hornblower’s.


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