175 Commercial Street

175 Commercial Street, Anchor Inn Beach House, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

175 Commercial Street, Anchor Inn Beach House, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

175 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

175 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

A handsomely ample corner turret, ornate pediment and neo-Classical details on the broad front porch distinguish this Queen Anne-style house, built around 1870 and subsequently expanded. The Anchor and Ark Club, a Masonic organization (the emblems symbolize a well-grounded hope and a well-spent life), was founded in 1935 and headquartered here. This was also the Seagull Restaurant. It has been the Anchor Inn Beach House for several decades; much of that time under the flamboyant management of Peter Boyle II, whose antique cars — perennially parked out front — served as an additional calling card. He died in 2002. David Silva, who owns and manages the Red Inn, is now the proprietor.


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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