8 Montello Street

8 Montello Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

8 Montello Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Hilda Neily, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

Hilda Neily, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

Hilda Neily (pictured), a plein-air Impressionist, came to town in 1968 and began studying under Henry Hensche in 1974. She now operates the Hilda Neily Gallery at 364 Commercial and is an instructor at the reconstituted Cape School of Art, which conducted classes in the Class Studio in 2014. She purchased this property in 2002. Montello Street was long a Portuguese stronghold. Here lived Manuel Rocha Souza, a fisherman who immigrated from the Azores in the late 19th century, and Theresa (Valentine) Souza. Neily’s studio is built where a garage stood. She told me the house is filled with many “antique fixtures that would have been lost to us if I did not liberate them from the dump” — including the kitchen sink from Hensche’s house.


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