22 Pearl Street Condominium | Former Aho’s Guest House
John Waters spent his first full Provincetown summer, in 1966, here at Aho’s Guest House, with Mona Montgomery and Mary Vivian Pearce, the stars of Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964), one of his earliest movies. “The landlady said we could never have a visitor,” Waters recalled in an interview with Gerald Peary for Provincetown Arts. “What? We’re 20 years old, and thought she was kidding. The first day, we had someone over, and the landlady came in screaming. God, our guest wasn’t staying there or anything! Rather strict!”
Presumably, he was describing Irma Lester (Batt) Aho (1919-2001), who was born in Provincetown to Olive (Snow) Batt and James Batt, of Canada. She married John Hjalmar Aho of Fitchburg (1918-1999), who was especially active in the Highland Fish and Game Club. They purchased this property in 1961 from James F. and Louise N. Daugherty and obtained a lodging house license in 1962. In later years, Mrs. Aho was a volunteer at the Council on Aging. (“Irma Lester Aho, 81,” The Provincetown Banner, 20 September 2001.) She took a fall in the house in September 2001 and died three days later at Cape Cod Hospital.
The house, which dates from the early 19th century, was converted into a five-unit condo in 2005 by Patricia R. Warren. • Historic District Survey • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 1 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 2 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 3 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 4 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 5 ¶ Posted 2013-06-05