The parking lot next to this property is where the schoolhouse stood that gave this street its name. The house, seen above as it looks from Mechanic Street, was built sometime between 1820 and 1840, the Historic District Survey said.
Frank “Blaney” Flores (±1903-1976) lived here in the last years of his life, with his brother-in-law, Willis W. Carlos, who owned the property. Flores had at one time or another been the head of the Baord of Health, a selectman, a coast guard, the chief of Provincetown’s Coast Guard reserve during World War II, the manager at Atlantic Coast Fisheries, the head of the Sea Scouts and an active member of the Portuguese-American Civic League. The Provincetown Advocate said Flores was “something of a hero to many Portuguese people. He spoke Portuguese and helped many poor and sick people.” And he was forceful about it, with a stentorian voice that “made his thoughts known so that everyone from here to Wellfleet could hear them,” as one friend said.
The house was owned from 1989 to 1998 by the writers Heidi Jon Schmidt (b 1956) and R. D. Skillings (b 1937), who now live at 730 Commercial Street. • Map • Historic District Survey • Assessor’s Online Database PDF ¶ Posted 2013-08-25