Gabriel’s at the Ashbrooke Inn
“Gabriel’s sparked an entire movement in which lesbians publicly designated specific locations as women-owned and for women only,” Karen Christel Krahulik wrote, in Provincetown. (Gabriel’s itself has “welcomed everyone for many years – both men, women, gay and straight, families, children and companion animals,” Elizabeth Brooke notes.) The centerpiece of the compound is 104 Bradford, which originally stood where Town Green is now. It was moved to accommodate the park. Cyrus E. Dallin, sculptor of the bas relief, stayed in the house. The Provincetown Light and Power Company was here in the 1940s, succeeded by the Cape & Vineyard Electric Company. It next became the Lighthouse Apartments, a rooming house, then was abandoned. In 1978, Elizabeth Gabriel Brooke, Laurel Wise and Christina Davidson began rebuilding it as Gabriel’s Guesthouse.
Today, as Gabriel’s at the Ashbrooke Inn, it has 14 guest rooms. Brooke, a founder of the Women Innkeepers of Provincetown, and Elizabeth Anne Brooke can claim to be the proprietors of the oldest continuously-run, woman-owned B&B in the country.
Thank you so much for including our history at Gabriel’s. One clarification: although we are women owned and operated (by Elizabeth Gabriel and Elizabeth Anne Brooke), we are not for women only. On the contrary, we have welcomed everyone for many years – both men, women, gay and straight, families, children and companion animals.
Thank you. The clarification has been made.
I don’t think No. 104 was moved because of the park. According to the 1919 and 1929 Sanborn maps, it was in the same place on the edge of the park. Nos. 106, 108/110 and 116’s stable were not so lucky.
I’m looking forward to your entry for those missing/demolished houses.
Thank you for pointing these out.