“This is a big house, and I wanted it to disappear,” Robert Duffy, the president of Marc Jacobs Inc., told Elle Decor about his reconstruction in 2007 of the property that once belonged to John Van Arsdale, the founder of Provincetown-Boston Airline. The architect Stephan Jaklitsch certainly did a skillful job in disguising the house from Commercial Street, where it blends effortlessly with its neighbors. On the beach side, however, there is no disguising the palatial dimensions of its 80-foot-long Modernist mahogany and glass facade, quite unlike anything the West End had seen before. Duffy sold the property in 2013 to Ryan Murphy, the creator or co-creator of the television shows Glee, Nip/Tuck, The New Normal, and American Horror Story.
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