31 Nickerson Street

31 Nickerson Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

31 Nickerson Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Provincetown’s rural past is not as distant as it can seem. This stable, for instance, was built in the mid-20th century for Ralph Carpenter. The hayloft on the second floor was used in the 1960s as a studio — Studio 31 — by Jacques Joseph Camins, a painter and printmaker, who also conducted folk dancing classes here every week in summer. His greatest legacy is a 16-millimeter documentary about 16 artists, with a guitar accompaniment by Julio Prol, who had studied with Andrés Segovia. Now known as Cottage Row, No. 31 is owned by Eric Beck, a retired science teacher at Provincetown High School, and Mary Beck, a retired first-grade teacher at Veterans Memorial Elementary School. They live in the sweet cottage at No. 33, which they bought in 1974.

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