3 Howland Street

3 Howland Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
"On the Bridge," by Erna Partoll (2002). Berta Walker Gallery.The abstractionist Erna Partoll (b 1932), represented by the Berta Walker Gallery and profiled on the Provincetown Artist Registry, has owned this property since 1970, the year she moved to Provincetown. Born in Switzerland, she emigrated to the United States in 1960 and studied at the Art Students League and the New School for Social Research. She also studied with Paul Resika. The artist’s statement says, in part: “The archetypal shapes of circle, square, wave, and arch – opening and closing — advance and recede as the rhythm of alternates: life and death, joy and sorrow, heaven and earth, yin and yang.” • Historic District SurveyAssessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-02-05

11 Howland Street

This note arrived in January 2015 from Nick Thorkelson and Cynthia Bargar, owners of 11 Howland Street, formerly 212A Bradford Street: “We bought the house from contractor David Grandel in 1993, and we believe he bought it from the Patricks, thus the Bradford Street address. We have been told it was originally a machine shop for the cold storage, that it was an art gallery for a long time (1950s?), and that Zero Mostel lived there for a while.”


14 Howland Street

14 Howland Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
Painting by Nancy Whorf. Courtesy of the Seamen's Bank.When Nancy Whorf (Kelly) died in 2009, shortly after Romanos Rizk, The Provincetown Banner said a major gap had opened “in the upper echelons of the Provincetown art colony, as if two of the brightest stars just disappeared from the sky.” (Sue Harrison, “Provincetown Artist Nancy Whorf Dies at 79,” The Banner / Wicked Local, 29 June 2009.) Though she left this home several years earlier as she succumbed to one serious illness after the next, Whorf had centered much of her life around No. 14, where she raised her daughters Julia Whorf Kelly (Perry), Lydia (Whorf) Pratt and Megan (Whorf) Nelson. More pictures and history

15 Howland Street

Harry Kemp Cottage, 15 Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap. 
Paul Tasha, 15 Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.Tasha Hill (or Tasha Village)

Not that the Tasha family set out to create such a thing when they bought this enormous property in 1944, but their sprawling compound has a mystical feeling at times, as if it were a fantastic movie set depicting ur-Provincetown — not a literal rendering, of course, but a three-dimensional expression of the old town’s spirit: dense, communal, primitive and modest; inventive, ingenious, improvised and eccentric; romantic or shabby or mysterious, depending on your angle of vision and the time of day. Also, this must be one of the last places in town where residents can hear chickens from their bedrooms. Presiding over the compound these days is Paul D. Tasha (b 1952; pictured), a fisherman and horseman; the youngest child of Herman J. Tasha (1908-2000) and Rose “Sonny” (Savage) Tasha (1910-1994), who moved here from 222 Bradford Street, and a grandson of John Tasha (±1874-1954), who moved to Provincetown from São Miguel in the Azores. Significantly — and appropriately — Tasha Hill was also the last home of Harry Kemp, the Poet of the Dunes (1883-1960), whose cottage is shown in the above photo. Hazel Hawthorne Werner (1901-2000), the writer and author of Salt House (1934), also lived here. More pictures and history»

41R Howland Street

41R Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap. 
41R Howland Street, Provincetown (2010), by David W. Dunlap.Paul Tasha house

Usually, when people say, “I’m building a house,” they mean they’ve hired a general contractor to build them a house. When Paul Tasha of 15 Howland Street says he’s building a house, he mean’s he’s building a house: stone by stone, beam by beam, board by board — as much of it by hand as he possibly can. One might call it artisanal construction, though Tasha himself would probably wince at that chichi word. You might also call it the single largest work of art in Provincetown. True to the town’s tradition, it makes use wherever possible of found material, both natural and constructed. More pictures and history»

43 Howland Street

43 Howland Street, Provincetown (2009), by David W. Dunlap. 
Victor Powell, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap.This lovely little dell has always struck me as a magical kind of place that must be inhabited by interesting folks, so it seems fitting that it’s home to Victor Powell (b 1950), the sandal maker, leathersmith and proprietor of Victor Powell’s Workshop at 323 Commercial Street, and his wife, Ardis Markarian (b 1947), who is also a craft artist. According to the Provincetown Artist Registry, Powell arrived in Provincetown in 1975 and ran a leather store called Skin from 1982 to 1998. He bought this property in 1987 from Helen Valentine. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-02-10

56 Howland Street

56 Howland Street, Provincetown (2009), by David W. Dunlap. 
William Henry Young, by Volian Rann. King Hiram's Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.Benson Young & Downs Insurance Agency

Benson Young & Downs is one of the oldest operating businesses in town, dating to the turn of the 20th century. It is the amalgam of three separate businesses: the S. J. Benson Insurance Agency of Provincetown, the William H. Young Insurance Agency of Provincetown and the Downs Insurance Agency of Wellfleet. It is still in both towns and now has an office in Harwich Port as well.

The oldest constituent in the trio is the Young agency, founded in 1901-02 by William Henry Young (1871-1942), one of those remarkable figures whose fingers were in every civic pie. “No one man has done more to promote the life of the village in its various relations to banking, business, art, religion, lodge activities, the fishing industry and the growing tourist business of recent years,” The New Bedford Standard Times said in 1929. More pictures and history»

61 Howland Street

61 Howland Street, Provincetown (2009), by David W. Dunlap. 
Old Colony Nature Pathway

This 24.6-acre open space, owned by the town, stretches about 1.3 miles from Howland Street, where it is essentially an extension of Harry Kemp Way, to a point just beyond Snail Road. It is known as the Old Colony Nature Pathway as it occupies the right-of-way of the Old Colony (later New Haven) Railroad. More pictures, history and a map»