41R Howland Street

41R Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap. 
41R Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.Paul Tasha house

Usually, when people say, “I’m building a house,” they mean they’ve hired a general contractor to build them a house. When Paul Tasha of 15 Howland Street says he’s building a house, he mean’s he’s building a house: stone by stone, beam by beam, board by board — as much of it by hand as he possibly can. One might call it artisanal construction, though Tasha himself would probably wince at that chichi word. You might also call it the single largest work of art in Provincetown. True to the town’s tradition, it makes use wherever possible of found material, both natural and constructed.

Tasha broke ground in 1986. When I photographed the house 24 years later, it was framed out. Interior floors and stairways were largely completed. Many, if not most, window openings had been glazed. There were even such fine touches as a stained-glass transom that was in place for a door that did not yet exist. There weren’t any demising walls yet, so Tasha had to explain what rooms went where, and how the house would be divided. I didn’t think to ask when it would be finished. That almost seemed beside the point. I have never seen a more imposing labor of love. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-02-10


 

41R Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.

 

41R Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.

 

41R Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.

 

41R Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.

 

41R Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.

 

Paul Tasha, 41R Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.

 

41R Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.

 

One thought on “41R Howland Street

  1. It was a privilege to see this project at this stage and take these photos — it’s an amazing work of art.

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