In a way, 13 Creek Round Hill Road is one of the best-known houses in town. The commanding post it occupies on a high ridge over the moors and its own distinctive style of architecture — Late Disco-Deco Nautical — guarantee that it will be seen daily in the summer by hundreds of beachgoers heading back to town from Herring Cove. But it has another distinction. Unusual if not not unique among the houses in this washashore enclave, No. 13 was once the home of a true son of Provincetown: Bernard P. “Sonny” Roderick Sr. (b 1928), fisherman and skipper of the Shirley & Roland, and his wife, Lorraine (Engstrom) Roderick (b 1929). Roderick is the son of Stephen C. Roderick (±1898-1955), a fisherman whose parents, John and Virginia (Cabral) Roderick, had immigrated from São Miguel in the Azores.
As a 20-year-old, “Sonny” escaped the sinking of the Emelia R, whose net was caught during a drag, pulling the 43-foot boat under. The last vessel on which he fished before retiring, the Shirley & Roland, is a 52-foot dragger — the present tense, because she’s still sailing — built in 1945 at the William Edgar John yard in Rye, N.Y., for the brothers Ferdinand R. “Fred” Salvador and Louis A. Salvador. (Louis had a seven-year-old daughter, Shirley, and Fred had an 11-year-old son, Roland.) The Rodericks’ son, Bernard “Sonny” Roderick Jr., who owned the Bay of Isles, died in 2007.
This four-bedroom, 2,700-square-foot house was built in 1982. It is one of the Janus-faced houses of Creek Round Hill Road, with a subdued street facade that bears no relation to its beach side. The Rodericks lived here at least until 1990. Robert A. Biddleman of West Hartford, Conn., bought it in 2005 for $1.875 million and rents it out through WeNeedaVacation for as much as $6,250 a week at the height of summer or as little as $975 for three nights off season (as of 2012-2013). So visitors with that kind of money can imagine all those beachgoers looking their way — and staring right back at them. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2012-12-09
My husband, Dan Sullivan, and I purchased this home from Dave and Anita Butler. The Butlers purchased it from the Rodericks. In the early 1990s the Butlers hired Tom Sokol (owner and architect of 7 Creek Round Hill) to add a second floor and expand the home from a traditional ranch, creating the Janus-faced house that exists today. Dave and Anita moved into the home they built next door at 15 Creek Round Hill. Dave is a huge model train enthusiast so they built No. 15 to look like a train caboose.
Absolutely fascinating, Mr. Biddleman. Thank you for enriching this — and several other — entries.
In the page from your book for 13 Creek Hill you note that the Butler’s house at 15 Creek hill was also designed by Tom Sokol. I did not mean to imply that in my comment above. Tom passed away long before 15 was designed