161 Commercial Street

161 Commercial Street, the Boatslip, by David Jarrett (1982).

161 Commercial Street, the Boatslip, by David Jarrett (1982).

The private Grozier Park, on this site, was owned in 1964 by Reginald Cabral, who hoped to sell it to the town to create the public Kennedy Park. When that fell through, Cabral built what is now the east wing of the Boatslip Resort. The wing paralleling Commercial came later. The Boatslip is best known for Tea Dance, sine qua non of the gay social scene, which once spilled out to the beach. A large deck was later built whose undercroft is so popular for sexual rendezvous that it’s known as Dick Dock. In the ’70s and ’80s, the motel was run by Roland “Chick” Chamberland, Charles “Chuck” Mehr (of the Sandpiper), Allen Mundy, and Peter Ryder. Roy Cohn was among the guests. It is currently owned by a partnership led by Marion Serelis, and is managed by Terry McCumber.


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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