52 Franklin Street

"52," by Deborah Martin (2011).

“52,” by Deborah Martin (2011).

In a little hollow at the bottom of the hill on which Chaim Gross worked and lived sits a strange house with windows where a roof should be and walls where windows should be. Some of the hybrid qualities can be explained by the fact that the mid-19th-century house was bought in 1962 by Dr. Samuel Klauber, a physician, who remodeled it with an office, treatment room, X-ray room, and waiting room. John Waters and Mink Stole spent two summers here at an important stage in their lives. In a 1997 interview with Gerald Peary for Provincetown Arts, Waters recalled: “The first time I had a glamorous apartment was in 1970 when I lived with Mink … on Franklin Street, where Chaim Gross’s studio was. It had a glass roof with different colors in the glass, and a pool, and a bridge you walked over, and a fireplace, very Kim Novak.”

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