The ebullient female impersonator Arthur Blake and his business manager and lover, Irving Cohen, lived in this house (c1790), which was originally a three-quarter Cape. Blake made his Provincetown debut in 1953 at the Atlantic House. He would open his shows in a tuxedo, then change into a stunning gown for the second act, wrote John Hardy Wright. Blake and his alter egos — Gloria Swanson, Bette Davis, Tallulah Bankhead — had a long run at the Crown & Anchor. Davis once remarked that she watched Blake perform to learn about herself. Claire Sprague, the next owner, had Claude Jensen make the “1812” plaque, but later learned the house was about two decades older.