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Design snapshot: Provincetown dune shack

comments (2) March 29th, 2012 in Blogs
KHS Katie Hutchison, Contributor

Click To Enlarge Photo: Katie Hutchison

This hardy little shack amidst rolling dunes, beach plums, and a cool mist transfixes me. It's the star of Cynthia Huntington's memoir The Salt House. The weathered shingles, low-slope shed roof, and humble window pair speak of modest efficiency, purposeful living, and an independent spirit in conversation with an awesome landscape. I had planned to hike to this spot, but was warned by Provincetown locals that such a trip might prove more arduous than expected. So my group of fellow sight-seers found comfortable transport with Art's Dune Tours. Standing on a dune not far from the shack, I can only imagine the mystery of a life embedded in the rhythms of the National Seashore. Someday, I hope to do more than merely imagine it.
 
by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast and SquareOne

 

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posted in: Blogs, architecture, Design, Design snapshot, vernacular, retreat

Comments (2)

KHS KHS writes: Good idea, Rob. It's on my "bucket" list.
Posted: 3:31 pm on March 31st

RYagid RYagid writes: Race Point has been my family's stomping ground for as long as I can remember. Even through the mist, I have a connection to this photo. Katie, I think you should apply for the Artist-in Residence program through The Provincetown Community Compact and turn your dream into a reality.

www.thecompact.org (click on dune shacks)
Posted: 7:48 am on March 30th

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