At least as far back as the 1950s, Franklin J. Oliver (1918-1982) and Hilda V. Oliver (1922-2004) made their home here. They were married in ±1936. Oliver, a deputy chief in the Provincetown Fire Department, died 19 November 1982 while fighting a suspicious fire in a bakery, when he was struck over the head by an air pack. Mrs. Oliver, who had worked at the Colonial Inn and at the Cape Colony Inn, sold the property in 1996 to Edward “Ted” Chapin (b 1950) and his partner, Torrence Boone. They subsequently acquired and renovated 6 Pearl Street, but Chapin maintains an art gallery, Gallery4Pearl, on the ground floor of this house, which was constructed in the mid-19th century.
In 2012, Chapin was showing works from his series, Industrial Paradise Lost. “My art expresses a longing for the fading comprehensibility of the American Industrial Age,” Chapin has written. “My toy-like mechanical creations recall the relative paradise of my youth in the 1950s, when domestic cultural stability underlay America’s apex of power at the height of its industrial empire.” For Chapin, as for anyone of his generation, canned orange juice is a potent and colorful symbol of an era when the nation believed it could tame, package and improve anything nature had to offer. The collage shown here is one of several by Chapin, Paradise Lost: Satan Slices the Fruit, depicting the orange as the new Forbidden Fruit. • Map • Historic District Survey • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-31