929 Commercial Street

929 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

929 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

929 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

929 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

The Sandcastle Resort and Club dominates the Provincetown side of Beach Point. It stresses the fantasy of carefree getaway, but has known adversity. The centerpiece is the H-shaped former Royal Coachman Motel, developed by John Taylor. In 1977, an arsonist set fire to this building, destroying nearly half the structure. Fortunately, no one was killed. The year 1977 was also eventful in that two important local operators, the McCabes and the Sateriales, purchased the 4.7-acre lot. Two years later, they converted the Royal Coachman into a condo called the Sandcastle. The structure took a blow in 1991, from Hurricane Bob. The current resort includes the Royal Coachman Building, as well as the large Dunes Building on Commercial Street and the smaller Annex, overlooking the tennis courts.


More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on buildingprovincetown.com. The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.

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