22 Brewster Street

22 Brewster Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

22 Brewster Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Talk about paintings lining the walls! After Louis Lima and Jerome Crepeau bought this house in 2002, they discovered 130 works on Upton board — many of them impressionistic “mudhead” portrait studies — nailed in the wall cavities as insulation. They underscored the building’s use by Henry Hensche, whose Cape School of Art was quartered at 44-48 Pearl; then by James Kirk Merrick, a student of Hensche’s; then by Lois Griffel, a Hensche student who continued the school until 2000. Lima and Crepeau salvaged all but six paintings, which they left in situ as artistic Easter eggs, for the pleasure of a future owner to discover. The owners since 2009 have been Paul Kelly and Edward Dusek, principals in Manitou Architects, whose renovations uncovered evidence that the building started as a farm outbuilding, then was converted into north-facing studios.

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