11 Conant Street

 
11 Conant Condominium

Manuel “Ti Manuel” Furtado (±1880-1945), the proprietor of Furtado’s Boatyard at 99 Commercial Street, was the father of the 20th-century boatbuilding business in Provincetown. Men trained in his shop went on to establish Flyer’s Boatyard and the Taves Boatyard. Born in São Miguel, Furtado arrived in town in 1898 and about 20 years later established a business at the base of Union Wharf that came to be known for its well-crafted light boats. This building, from the 1880s-1890s (according to the Historic District Survey), was Ti Manuel’s home. Its massing and fenestration bear a striking resemblance to the houses at 7 Conant and 9 Conant.

This was subsequently the home of Capt. Armand Gill (b ±1900), a fisherman whose dragger, the Winifred S, was seriously damaged in the fierce winter storm of 1940 that took down the Wharf Players Theater at 83 Commercial Street.

The building is now a three-unit condo.

7 thoughts on “11 Conant Street

  1. I don’t know where you got the information, but this house, 11 Conant Street, was owned by my second great-grandfather, Jesse White (Jacintho Branco). According to U.S. Census data, he moved into that house, renting from my great-great-grandfather, sometime between 1910 and 1920.

    • The 1940 census shows Genevieve White as the head of the household at 11 Conant, Mary Furtado as her daughter (in residence) and Manuel Furtado as her son-in-law (also in residence). In addition, Furtado’s obituary in The Provincetown Advocate of 7 June 1945 gives his address as 11 Conant Street. I tried to be careful in writing the entry to note that he lived in this house, without saying that he owned it. I hope this is helpful.

  2. Thanks for this. According to my mother, her grandfather Edmund Gill lived in this home (probably in the ’30s or ’40s). He was also a fisherman. I am curious where I can find more records of Armand Gill. Could this actually be Edmund?

  3. No way. Too coincidental. I think the Edmund of which you speak either had to be Edmund Roque (my grandfather) or you have the wrong house. That house was owned by Jesse White until his death in 1924 and then by his widow until 1951. Period full stop.

    • Indeed, I’ve found that Edmund was actually Armand. He apparently used the name Edmund (more American-sounding) and even named his son, my grandfather Edmund after him. I don’t believe he ever owned the home, his family seems to have moved a lot around Provincetown and were probably renters.

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