63 Commercial Street

63 Commercial Street, Provincetown (2009), by David W. Dunlap. 
63 Commercial Street, Provincetown (2011), by David W. Dunlap.This 4,000-square-foot house, especially prominent with its turreted corner bay, is home to an equally prominent entrepreneurial couple: William P. “Bill” Dougal (b 1947), formerly the co-owner of Coldwell Banker Pat Shultz Real Estate, 406 Commercial Street, and Richard J. “Rick” Murray (b 1958), the president and general manager of the Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial. They are also the founding partners of the Mussel Beach Health Club, 35 Bradford Street. Dougal and Murray bought 63 Commercial in 1989 from Richard H. Jensen, who’d bought it four years earlier from Donald G. and Joan B. Morse.

Dougal and Murray moved into the old Viewpoint in 1995 and brought their replacement and expansion plans to Town Hall in 2002 and 2003. Although the project was presented as an alteration, the Historic District Survey notation about No. 63 states: “Heavily altered — all historic exterior materials replaced.” • Historic District SurveyAssessor’s Online Database ¶ Updated 2013-03-25

2 thoughts on “63 Commercial Street

  1. Note that this photograph represents the structure that currently occupies this space, which sadly bears no relation to the charming, site-appropriate, original building that stood here for more than 150 years. The original guesthouse bore the name The Galley, and then The Viewpoint, and was owned by cookbook author Hazel Meyer and her partner Alice Bartoli, and then by Donald and Joan Morse, before being bought and torn down by the current owners. The original guesthouse, circa 1973, is viewable at Steve Silberman Texts & Connections.

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