From 1925 to 1940, the artist Tod Lindenmuth and his wife, the illustrator Elizabeth Boardman Warren, lived at No. 56, which was built in the 1840s with handsome Greek Revival-style detail. David Murphy, Provincetown High’s celebrated basketball coach, and his wife, Mary, bought it in 1954, raised a family, and operated it as the Caravel Guest House. Their son, Don Murphy, a leader of the Portuguese Festival, and his wife, Margaret, live here and rent out Lindenmuth’s studio and a comfortable two-story former salt shed under the name Our Summer Place. “The house is still the way it was when my folks bought it,” Don said in 2011. To which I say, thank goodness.
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