42-42A Pearl Street

42 Pearl Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
42A Pearl Street, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap.Young Frank Henrique (1925-2006), who won and kept little Faith Perry’s heart by tapping her lightly through the hedgerow every day (see 34A Pearl Street), grew up in this house with a very large family indeed. Pauline Henrique (b ±1901), who herself had come from Portugal, bore eight other children by Manuel Henrique: Manuel Henrique Jr. (b ±1921), Robert Henrique (b ±1923), Arthur Henrique (b ±1924), John R. Henrique (b 1929), Philip Henrique (b ±1932), William Henrique (b ±1936), Paula (Henrique) Deitke and Virginia (Henrique) Sethares. John and his wife Martha (b 1931) were living here as late as the 1980s. Anne Brinton (b 1936) acquired the property in 1984 and sold it 15 years later to Paul M. Richardson. The parcel includes a two-story out building, 42A Pearl Street, which is the home of the writer Steve Desroches (b 1974) and his partner, the singer and songwriter Peter Donnelly (b 1960).

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Peter Donnelly.Steve Desroches, 42A Pearl Street, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap.Desroches, at right in the diptych, was born in Taunton. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the staff writer of Provincetown Magazine and — in the interest of full disclosure — he was the author in May 2013 of a very inviting profile of Building Provincetown. A memoir, My God, My God … Why Have You Forsaken Me?, was published in 2011 by the Gallery Press. (Desroches can be seen on Vimeo reading an excerpt from the book.) Donnelly, at left in the diptych, was one of the originators of the “Coffeehouse at the Mews” programs. He has performed and released three compilations of his songs: A Sure Thing (1998), Express Café and Road With No End (2007). They’ve brought an appealing Old Provincetown sensibility to the décor of their home.

Historic District SurveyAssessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-06-21


42A Pearl Street, Provincetown (2013)-05


2 thoughts on “42-42A Pearl Street

  1. This was the first place I lived in when I came to Provincetown, around 1952.

    There was a small, separate cottage on the Henriques’ property, which I recall I rented for $300 for a long season. It was comfortable and mostly up-to-date, but still had a large oak icebox where Loring Russell deposited a large block of ice (I seem to recall it costing $3) at regular intervals.

    My only other claim to fame at Pearl Street was that Munro Moore, whom I knew from Wellesley, came to stay for a weekend, camping out on the kitchen floor with Joan Didion, then an unknown.

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