198 Commercial Street

Poule d’Eau Kyle’s “Ranch” stained-glass panel, 198 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

The Ranch Guestlodge, which this was until 2011, had not much changed since it was opened in 1960 by Alton “Al” Stilson and Gene Greene. Cheerfully rebuking buttoned-up, tasteful A-gaydom, the Ranch made it clear that frisky guests were welcome — beards, chaps, and all — and that transgressive sex was expected and encouraged under its roof. “The lusty vibe pervades the entire establishment,” OutTraveler said in 2008. The building was constructed in 1882. Reggie Cabral and his mother operated an antiques store here, the Aladdin Lamp, in the early ’50s. They were succeeded by Paul Bellardo’s studio and workshop. Stilson owned the property until 1995. It is now the Crew’s Quarters. Though still tailored to gay male guests, the rooms are called “cabins” — not Bull Pen and Stud Stall. Poule d’Eau Kyle’s stained-glass window of a naked cowboy and steed, however, has survived.


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