603 Commercial Street

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

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

603 Commercial Street as the Colonial Inn Beach House, from the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

603 Commercial Street as the Colonial Inn Beach House, from the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.

From the street, the Watermark Inn appears to be an older complex around a little courtyard, recalling its days as the Colonial Inn Beach House (bottom). On the water side, it is a glassy, modern expanse, designed by Kevin Shea, who owns the inn with his wife, Judith Richland. When this was an annex of the Colonial Inn, Raymond Smeraldo opened the Driftwood Room. His son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Judith Smeraldo, took over. In the ’70s, as Rosy, it was the “most popular nightspot” in town, Christopher Busa said. “After dinner, patrons lined up by the bar where Victor Alexander presided, mixing tequila sunrises and black Russians in a blur of activity.”


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