A Legendary Provincetown Artist’s Home, Updated for Modern Life

If you’ve spent any time in Provincetown over the past few decades, you know Ciro Cozzi. Artist, bon vivant and co-owner of Ciro & Sal’s restaurant, he was a beloved figure of the city (upon his death in 2013, Anthony Bourdain tweeted “RIP Ciro Cozzi, my first real boss of bosses a long time ago in Provincetown, Mass. ”). For years he lived with his family in a backpacking house made up of three cobblestone structures together, the front of a Long Point “float”, a mid-19th century section, and a large Colonial Revival addition.

When a local couple bought the house after Ciro’s death, their nephew Philip Cozzi of Hein + Cozzi, the Provincetown design firm, took the lead. According to Philip’s wife and partner, Kristin Hein, “Philip was the spiritual guide – spent or poorly spent – every summer of his teenage years living in the attic with his disbelieving cousins, working at his uncle’s restaurant.

“Regarding the restoration, we were all lined up to honor the house by keeping the existing footprint as well as all the original beams and joinery. The task at hand was to update the necessities: bathrooms, kitchens and lighting. Kristin imbued the house with a “moody but masculine color palette,” as she calls it. “We used ‘Mole’s Breath’ by Farrow & Ball as a common thread for the joinery and moldings, the ‘handrails’ (a dark blue-black) for all the doors and ‘Pavilion Gray / Clunch’ on the walls and ceilings. . Window treatments were kept simple: rough jute fabric hung from boat cleats, sheer in public spaces and thicker in bedrooms, and wood venetian blinds with black ribbon in hallways and bathrooms.

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Photography by Justine Hand.

The exterior is painted & # 8
Above: The exterior is painted “Winter Sky” by Fine Paints of Europe, and the door and trim are “Railings” by Farrow & Ball. Ravenspoint lanterns in blackened copper are from The Urban Electric Company.
The original wide-plank King Pine wood floors have been refinished to tone down the yellow, & # 8
Above: The original wide-plank King Pine wood floors have been refinished to tone down the yellow. “It was a group experience,” says Kristin. “We ended up using one part of Rustoleum Sunbleached for one half of Minwax White Wash, and then we ended up with Bona HD Traffic Commercial Extra Matte.”
Philip and Kristin mounted an oar as a handrail, adding a splash of color to the entrance.
Above: Philip and Kristin mounted an oar as a handrail, adding a splash of color to the entrance.
Grouse linen “Trophy Heads” wall sculpture above fireplace is from Truro, MA, artist Breon Dunigan.
Above: The “Trophy Heads” grouse linen wall sculpture above the fireplace is from Truro, MA, artist Breon Dunigan.

& # 8 Above: “We had to open a side entrance to get the grand piano into the house,” says Kristin. The walls are painted in “Pavilion Gray” by Farrow & Ball, and the woodwork and woodwork are in “Mole’s Breath” by Farrow & Ball. The small painting is by artist John Dowd of Provincetown. Linen curtain fabric is from Rogers & Goffigon.

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Above: “The pine cabinetry was sanded down and left raw and natural,” Kristin explains. The Clear Jug pendant is from Cisco.
The backsplash is tiled in 6x6 inch subway tile in Khaki from Heritage Tile.  The counters are in soapstone and the range is from Thermidor.
Above: The backsplash is tiled in 6 by 6 inch subway tile in Khaki from Heritage Tile. The counters are in soapstone and the range is from Thermidor.
The ceramic pendant is original from the house.
Above: The ceramic pendant is original from the house.
  The glass vase is by John Derian & # 8
Above: The glass vase is from John Derian’s shop in Provincetown.
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Above: “We kept the window treatments simple, in keeping with the informal character of the fishing village of Provincetown,” says Kristin.
A bedroom upholstered in Farrow & Ball & # 8
Above: A carpeted bedroom in Farrow & Ball’s Silvergate
The curtain fabric is Exbury Flax by J. Samuel.
Above: Curtain fabric is Exbury linen by J. Samuel.
The Vero wall sink is from Duravit and the bath accessories are Waterworks Highgate in brass.
Above: The Vero wall-mounted washbasin is from Duravit and the bath accessories are Waterworks Highgate in brass.

Studio

A wall of windows filters the abundant daylight into the studio.
Above: A wall of windows filters abundant daylight into the studio.
Kitchen Colanders serve as light fixtures and date from Ciro Cozzi & # 8
Above: Kitchen colanders serve as light fixtures and date back to Ciro Cozzi’s time.

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