Sue M. Harrison (b 1947), the former arts editor of The Banner (and still a contributing writer), owned this property — which was once designated 31 Mechanic Street — from 1979 to 1994. She and Sandra Newman acquired it from Theodore “Ted” Box (b ±1945) and Christine Box. Harrison turned it into a four-unit condominium. Among the occupants, she told me in 2012, was Richard Iammarino, who’d painted the trompe-l’oeil ceiling mural at Spiritus and installed a secret slide in his apartment here that ran from the storage loft to the back of a closet.
Box, a boatbuilder who apprenticed under Francis “Flyer” Santos, had worked through the 1970s helping service Provincetown’s fishing fleet and, when the occasion presented itself, on the boats themselves as a fisherman. But in what David Schmidt in Cape Cod Life called a midlife epiphany, Box foreswore the catching, killing and consumption of fish and, having sold 31 Mechanic to Harrison, moved with his family to Martha’s Vineyard in 1980.
Harrison still spends a good part of her year in town, on Holway Avenue, but is also the writer and producer of the delightful My Old Florida blog, about a part of the world nearly as eccentric as the Cape tip. • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 1 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 2 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 3 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 4 ¶ Posted 2012-12-06