6A Cook Street Condominium (Rose Cottage)
Standing on a short, nameless cul-de-sac perpendicular to Cook Street, this house from the 1850s was given the number 6A. It was owned in the early 20th century by Prince J. Freeman, then by Frank Rose and his wife, then by their daughter Alma May Rose, a teacher in the Belmont public school system, and her husband, M. Francis Driscoll, a poultry dealer. The house was rented in the summer of 1948 to Louis Slobodkin (1903-1975), a sculptor and an illustrator of children’s books like The Moffats, The Hundred Dresses, The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree and Many Moons, written by James Thurber, for which he won the 1944 Caldecott Medal.
Arnold Newman of New York City was the summer tenant in 1952. It’s easy to imagine that this was the Arnold Newman (1918-2006), since Newman photographed the Provincetown art colony quite extensively. This property is now a three-unit condo. • Historic District Survey (1) ¶ • Historic District Survey (2) • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 1 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 2 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 3 ¶ Posted 2012-11-17
6A Cook Street was purchased in the winter of 1976-1977 by Lydia H. Costa after selling 7 Center Street, which later became the Heritage House.
Lydia fared from Philadelphia, but moved here after marrying Antone “Tony Cheroot” Costa who was a local fisherman. Lydia worked for many years at the Flagship Restaurant for Pat and Hilda Patrick and continued to work there and at Ciro & Sal’s when Ciro Cozzi bought the Flagship.
Lydia’s work talents included waitress, chowder maker, prep person and the best dessert maker. She lived at 6A Cook Street until her untimely death at 53 years old in 1981 of brain cancer. Her two daughters, Lisa and Anika, owned the house until 1984 when it was sold to Doug Anderson and Richard Sawyer.
What a wonderful tribute to your mother and a valuable bit of history. I’m sorry I didn’t know her (or get to sample her desserts).