Louis Snow took pictures inside this substantial home around 1900, creating a priceless glimpse into the domestic life of the mercantile class, which Irma Ruckstuhl featured in Old Provincetown in Early Photographs. In 1948, the house was purchased from the Snows by Salvador R. Vasques Jr., owner and captain of the dragger Reneva, and Marguerite (Thomas) Vasques. Their son Salvador R. Vasques III recalled a door in the parlor that was used only to bring a coffin into or out of the home. In a barrel in the attic, the boy came across a copy of The New York Herald from April 1865, carrying news of Lincoln’s assassination. The wisteria-blanketed house was renovated by Jesse Meads. It was sold in 2004 to Ronald Harrison and Michael Istvanko.
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