236R Bradford Street

236R Bradford Street, Farfalla, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

236R Bradford Street, Farfalla, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Hidden deep in the woods — a fantasy spot for generations of neighborhood kids who called it “Mushroom House” — is one of the few serious works of mid-century Modernism in Provincetown. It is “Farfalla,” butterfly, in Italian; so named in 1953 by its 23-year-old architect, Donald Jasinski, and Warren Hassmer, with whom he spent summers in the cottage. They also named the nearby hill “Fair Phoebus.” The analogy to a flying creature is apt, since this little building (about 250 square feet) prefigures Eero Saarinen’s T.W.A. Flight Center at Kennedy Airport. Hassmer sold the property in 1995 to Richard “Rick” Wrigley, the developer of the Provincetown Bungalow Haven complex on adjoining property, as well as a large home on Fair Phoebus Hill. Wrigley recently power-washed Farfalla, and installed electricity and Internet service, intending to use the restored structure as his summer studio.


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