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This was that increasingly rare thing: a plain mid-19th-century house in an increasingly  conspicuous part of town. David “Dixie” Federico (d 2008) — the longtime manager of the Post Office Café, a founder of Sisters in the Name of Love, and a two-time Selectman candidate — acquired the property in 1974, lived here, and died in this house. The photo of Dixie just outside the front door was taken by Jay Critchley. Perhaps the best epitaph came from Rick Hines, publisher of Provincetown Magazine, who said after Dixie’s death: “Provincetown’s color is a shade lighter today.” Eliot “Peter” Denault III bought the property in 2009 and began a renovation that was halted in the fall of 2010 for a number of violations, including extensive interior and exterior work that exceeded the scope of building permits. Among other things, the house was found to have seven bedrooms where it was supposed only to have four.

¶ Last updated on 24 July 2016. ¶ Image courtesy of Jay Critchley.

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