Mechanic Street is graced with several private sculpture gardens. We’ve seen Avis Johnson’s at No. 8. This one is the work of Pauline Caroline (Peters) Costa. She and her husband, Wayne Louis “Duke” Costa (pictured), bought this house in 1965 from the Gracie family, which had owned it since 1886. “It was broken down,” said Pam Costa, who was four at the time. “I remember the basement being the kitchen and the upstairs having holes in the floor.” While improving his house, Costa also earned a reputation as someone who “knew how to do any kind of fishing and could shuck 51 scallops a minute left-handed,” said his 1999 obituary in The Cape Cod Times. Wayne succeeded his uncle to the captaincy of Inca, a charter sport-fishing boat, and worked aboard the whale-watch vessel Ranger.
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