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.
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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