6 Pearl Street

6 Pearl Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

6 Pearl Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

“I just think of myself as part of this continuum, starting with this little fish shack,” the artist and architect Edward “Ted” Chapin told Life in Provincetown in 2003. It grew over 120 years with the addition of a kitchen, gambrel roof, and porch. His renovation in 2003, however, was the most dramatic; and not just because of the aubergine paint job. Chapin added volume here that he subtracted from the workshop and garage at No. 6B that he and his partner, Torrence Boone, also purchased in 2000. The property had been owned by the family of Capt. Antone Souza, who skippered the Shamrock III and Shamrock IV, which blew up in 1954. Souza’s son Anthony was a “font of local knowledge and a violin builder,” Mat Coes told me. “In his later years, and after a beloved dog passed, he began to accumulate newspapers and junk, as old men will, and became ‘Old Man Anthony.'”

More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on buildingprovincetown.com. The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.

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