When Police Officer Robert K. Russell (b 1946) built his new house roughly on the site of Colonel Corn’s barn, he could turn 360 degrees and see all of three buildings around him; one being the Hawthorne Class Studio up on Miller Hill, the other being the Ventura property down the road. “I haven’t dared count how many there are now,” he told me when we met in 2013. Understandably. They seem to be everywhere.
Before 1971, Russell spent much of his life at 3 Center Street, which is now numbered 5 Center Street and known as the Rose Acre guest house. His parents, Loring A. Russell and Etta D. (Robar) Russell, wed in 1937. By the end of the year, their first child, Loring, was born. Robert was graduated from Provincetown High School in 1965, served with the Army in Germany and joined the Provincetown Police Department in 1971. That year, he bought this property from Colonel Corn’s daughter, Mary Helen (Silva) Ventura, and granddaughter [?], Mary Louise Ventura, and began building the house into which he moved in 1972. Next door, at No. 19A, he built a house for his parents, as well. Russell retired from the force in 2003 after 22 years and now lives in the main house with his wife, Joan R. Russell (b 1948), and his brother Loring. His daughter and granddaughter occupy his parents’ home.
He can’t imagine living anywhere else but Provincetown. “I grew up here,” Russell told me. “I have no intention of leaving.” • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-26