158 Commercial Street

158 Commercial Street, Rose & Crown, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

158 Commercial Street, Rose & Crown, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

"Jane Elizabeth" at 158 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

“Jane Elizabeth” at 158 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

The Rose & Crown guest house is a Federal-style home built in the late 18th century, around 1780. The Grace family lived here in the early 20th century. Jessica (Grace) Lema could recall the days when the house overlooked Grozier Park, where the Boatslip now stands, and she had only to walk out her front door to go play on the beach. This was the Hobby Shop in the ’30s and home to the abstract painter Fritz Pfeiffer, who died here in a fire in 1960. In the ’70s, it was the Owl’s Nest. Rose & Crown was run in the 1980s by Preston Babbitt, a co-founder with Alice Foley of the Provincetown AIDS Support Group, who died of AIDS in 1990. It’s now managed by Ann MacDougall. The ship’s figurehead is called Jane Elizabeth.


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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