69 Commercial Street

69 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

69 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Alice Brock, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Alice Brock, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Anyone of a Certain Age will almost certainly share the author’s quiet pleasure in knowing that Alice (Pelkey) Brock, the Alice of Alice’s Restaurant, wound up practicing her delightful art in Provincetown. “There’s still the beautiful light, and there are still a few crackpots left,” she told The Boston Globe in 2008. “The only place I would want to go would be a place like this, and I’m here now.” Her father, Joseph Pelkey, made a name for himself locally working with Peter Hunt and managing the Christmas Tree Shop, behind which the family spent summers. She purchased No. 69 in 1983, inheriting the astonishing renovation by Adolphe Robicheau, a ballet dancer and instructor, who transformed it into a dramatic expression of Catholic piety, installing a pipe organ, altar, stations of the cross, baptismal font, prie-dieu, icons, and stained-glass window. She removed almost everything but the window.


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