34-34B Pearl Street

“Faith” (2014), by Deborah Martin, depicting 34A Pearl Street.

34 Pearl Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

34 Pearl Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

This beautifully situated full Cape was built in the early 19th century and likely served as a farmstead, Tom Boland wrote in the Provincetown Historic Survey. At the turn of the 20th century, Boland noted, the house belonged to George Knowles, namesake of the wharf at the foot of Pearl Street. Its fine state of preservation owes itself to ownership by a single family, the Bakers, since 1926. Heading the first generation was Benjamin Alton Baker, who worked for the New Haven Railroad and the Pilgrim Monument. In the third generation was Robert Baker, who became a permanent resident in 1960 and opened Bob Baker: Furniture Maker. He helped Napi Van Dereck build Napi’s. The property is now owned by the fourth generation.

Alan Emtage, of 34B Pearl Street.

Alan Emtage, of 34B Pearl Street.

Faith Henrique, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

Faith Henrique, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

• 34A Pearl was home to Faith M. (Perry) Henrique (pictured, in the oil painting Faith, by Deborah Martin) from the time she was 7 until she was 87, in 2014, when she left town. She personified old Provincetown: tough, but not hardened; wary, yet generous; and captivating as a story-teller. She didn’t have to look far for a husband — Frank Henrique lived at No. 42. This house was divided into two separate dwellings, sharing only the attic, allowing Faith and Frank to live under the same roof as her parents. Faith was a waitress at the Lobster Pot, waitress-hostess at the Blacksmith Shop, manager of Rivard Electrical, meat wrapper at the A&P, florist at Thayer’s Flower Shop, and manager of Arnold’s Radio and Cycle Shop. She also followed her mother into service as an Avon Lady.

• 34B Pearl is the summer home of Mark Carpenter and Alan Emtage (pictured), who is given credit, with others, for having created Archie, the first search engine, in 1990.


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