9 Court Street

Brass Key Guesthouse (Captain’s House)

The Captain’s House of 1830 is easily the most imposing of all the buildings that make up the eclectic Brass Key complex. It also played an important role in the development of the gay and lesbian commercial establishment in Provincetown. The property was owned from 1965 to 1982 by George W. Littrell Jr. (1920-±2000), who ran the place as George’s Inn.

Littrell was part of the “founding nucleus” in 1978 of the Provincetown Business Guild — along with the proprietors of the Coat of Arms, 7 Johnson, and the Ranch, 198 Commercial — said Sandra L. Faiman-Silva in The Courage to Connect: Sexuality, Citizenship and Community in Provincetown (2004). Littrell also served as a mentor, Doug Blanchard wrote in his Cybercastle blog:

I was a stupid little 18-year-old twink when George took me under his wing. (My gay mom, non-sexual.) What a wonderful way to come out. I met a couple that had been together for 50 years. Role models galore!!! … He would always get up really early, set up the urn of coffee and walk down the hill thru the right-of-way at the end of the street and meditate on the beach. … I was lucky enough to share with him the serenity of that spot, as he invited me to come along. … I will always have fond memories of my mentor. Thanks, George, for all you did for me. You helped shape my life.

The house had long been in the Patrick family. Through the 1950s, at least, it was the home of James T. Patrick. Michael MacIntyre purchased the property in 1991, as he and his partner (later husband), Bob Anderson, expanded the Brass Key. (See 67 Bradford Street for a list of all the Brass Key buildings.) MacIntyre and Anderson were later responsible for renovating Land’s End, 22 Commercial. In 2003, MacIntyre informed Blanchard that Littrell had died three years earlier, but had been MacIntyre’s guest at the Brass Key in 1993. “I think he was thrilled with the way the building had been renovated,” MacIntyre wrote, “and that the atmosphere encouraged guests to get to know each other.”

Historic District Survey, main house • Historic District Survey, out building • Historic District Survey, out building • Historic District Survey, out building • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2012-11-27

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