A full Cape in a splendid state of preservation, 1 Conway Street may date from around 1820 — during the presidency of James Monroe, to put it in some perspective — according to survey work in the 1970s by Mary-Jo Avellar and Josephine Del Deo. The two photos show how little it has changed in the last 35 years. Anna (Enos) Lewis (±1918-2003), a Provincetown native, the bookkeeper at Conwell Lumber for four decades and the widow of Manuel Lewis (d 1990), made this her home for much of her life.
Miriam Fried (b 1916) is an abstract artist whose teachers included Robert Natkin (1930-2010); Helen Van Wyk, the host of the “Welcome to My Studio” television program; and Stephen LoMonaco, according to her profile on the Provincetown Artist Registry site. She bought this property in 1991 and lived/lives [?] here with her husband, Seymour (b 1917), who is also an artist.
The West Coast designer and “lifestyle adviser” Ken Fulk (b ±1965) is “bridging the divide between San Francisco’s entrenched dynasties and the newly minted technology millionaires who are moving into the neighborhood,” The New York Times reported in 2012. His clients have included a founder of Yelp and a founder of Zynga. And his philosophy is definitely not old Nob Hill. “I always say if everyone loves my décor, it is probably boring, and I haven’t done a very good job,” he told the Style Saloniste blog in 2012. To judge from the breathless press, his contributions to contemporary culture also include memorable parties and events, such as the 2012 show “A Peep at P-Town,” held at the Ken Fulk Design studio, South of Market and described on SFGate. He bought his Provincetown home in 2007 and shares it with his partner, Kurt Wootton, a pianist. More history and pictures»
Conway Corner Condominium
Two very different buildings on a common lot, under condominium ownership. The modest 340-square-foot bungalow at No. 4 was constructed in 1996, according to town records. However, a building with a similar footprint is shown on the 1910 street atlas, owned by a J. Francis. The property was purchased in 1987 by Diane J. Corbo (b 1946) and Valerie A. “Val” Carrano (b 1950), proprietors of the Ravenwood guest house at 462 Commercial Street. The other building, No. 4A, a notably tall structure with a Bradford Street frontage, was constructed in 1987. It has been owned since 2010 by Guy D. Busa Jr. of Boston, who rents it out through HomeAway. More information»
The addition of a shed dormer (since the picture above was taken in 1976) has changed the character of this once-doughty three-quarter Cape, which was built around 1820, according to the Massachusetts Historical Commission Inventory. A century ago, the cottage was owned by Maria McNear of Walpole, Mass., who was known for her patriotic habit of unfailingly displaying the American flag above her home. Her family continued to own the property until 1960, when it was purchased by John R. Henrique (b ±1930), a carpenter, and his wife, Martha W. Henrique (b ±1932). The Rev. Canon Gregory Howe (b 1939), the longtime rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Dover, Del., and his wife, Bernice A. “Bunny” Howe (b 1935), acquired the property in 1971 and continue to own it. • Assessor’s Online Database • Historic District Survey ¶ Posted 2012-10-23