8 Montello Street

8 Montello Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
"Cottage Street Late Afternoon," by Hilda Neily. Copyright © by Hilda Neily.Although Hawthorne’s name and works are better known, Henry Hensche was arguably the more practically influential artist in that line, given how many students he attracted to Provincetown. Among them was Hilda S. Neily (b 1947), a plein-air Impressionist who was born in Windsor, Vt., and moved to Provincetown in 1968. She began studying under Hensche in 1974 at his Cape School of Art. (Her painting, Cottage Street Late Afternoon, is shown at right, and the garage that she converted into a studio in 2006 is shown above.) She operates the Hilda Neily Gallery at 364 Commercial Street (formerly at 398 Commercial Street). Neily is also an instructor at and president of the reconstituted Cape School of Art, which she helped reopen. She purchased this property in 2002.

8 Montello Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap.Manuel Rocha Souza (±1875-1949), a fisherman from the Azores who immigrated at the age of 16, made his home here. He was married to Theresa (Valentine) Souza (±1882-1960), the daughter of Manuel Valentine and Amelia (Taves) Valentine, both of São Miguel. Theresa’s sisters were Mary (Valentine) Souza (±1874-1947), whose daughter Lucinda married Stephen C. Roderick and owned 6 Montello Street; Lucy (Valentine) Perry (±1878-1958), who married Manuel S. Perry; and Georgianna (Valentine) Edwards. The Souzas’ children were Bertha (Souza) Meads, Catherine (Souza) Daisy, Edmund A. Souza (b ±1912), Gilbert V. Souza (b ±1926), Joseph P. Souza (b ±1916) and Marian (Souza) Angelo. In 1950, the Souza household at 8 Montello included Edmund, then working as a painter; Gilbert, working as a fisherman; and Joseph, working as a laborer.

Historic District Survey, main house • Historic District Survey, studio • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-10

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