Almost like one-way glass, this is one of those enviably private properties that seem to command a view of the entire Cape tip while remaining all but invisible from the surrounding streets and roads. Several long decks, at multiple levels, take particular advantage of its exceptional location. It was constructed in 1975, according to town records. David L. Jarrett, an equity analyst on Wall Street, a photographer and an art collector, purchased it two years later.
Jarrett’s interest in photography can be traced to his years at the University of Colorado, where he was the chief photographer for the Coloradan yearbook. In the 1980s, while living here, he returned to camerawork in earnest. His homoerotic photographs of young men began appearing in magazines like Blueboy; the old In Touch, which was a gay title in the day; Mandate; Numbers; and Playguy (sometimes with the credit “David T. Terray”). Today, having retired from his life in finance, Jarrett specializes both in male photography and in architectural, or scenic photography. He is also an art collector, with an especially strong collection of the works of Robert R. Bliss, who showed at the Norton-Rogers Gallery, 368 Commercial Street.
The privacy of the house allowed Jarrett to photograph models out on the deck. He deliberately used the address 20 Commercial Street to throw off those whom he didn’t especially want showing up at his door, since there was no clear or logical way to get to the house from Commercial Street — you had to know to approach the property from Point Street. (Invitations to Jarrett’s hot tub parties, which were handed out to attractive men in town, made a point of providing directions.) Jarrett sold the property in 2011 to Jeffrey R. Larsen, the proprietor of Larsen Design of Miami Beach. Jarrett now divides his time between Miami Beach and New York, where he is both a donor to and volunteer at the Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, as well as a contributor and subject in its publication, The Archive. • Map • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Updated 2013-11-02