This 4,000-square-foot house, especially prominent with its turreted corner bay, is home to an equally prominent entrepreneurial couple: William P. Dougal, formerly the co-owner of Coldwell Banker Pat Shultz Real Estate, 406 Commercial Street, and Richard J. “Rick” Murray, 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. They arrived in town after Murray sold his dental practice in Medford and Dougal retired from the vice presidency of Rhode Island Hospital-Brown University School of Medicine. They bought 63 Commercial in 1989 and made it their home in 1995. Their renovation plans were presented in 2002 and 2003, in the face of considerable neighborhood opposition, as an alteration. Ultimately, however, the changes were so significant that the Provincetown Historic Survey noted of the resulting building: “Heavily altered — all historic exterior materials replaced.”¹
For a view of the original building, please see 63 Commercial Street.
¶ Last updated on 3 July 2018.
Steve Silberman wrote on 23 March 2013: The structure that currently occupies this space sadly bears no relation to the charming, site-appropriate, original building that stood here for more than 150 years.