29 Alden Street

29 Alden Street, main house, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

29 Alden Street, main house, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

29 Alden Street, shed, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

29 Alden Street, shed, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Many Azorean fishermen spent their first nights in Provincetown in this large house (top), George “Moe” Van Dereck wrote in the 2014 Portuguese Festival booklet, which was devoted to Alden Street. The 1910 census showed 54 boarders domiciled here, all Portuguese, most in their 20s and 30s. The shack (below) was the David Rothman Frame Shop in the 1960s, before Van Dereck turned it into Moe’s Fancy Alden Street Workshop, where you could get your guitar fixed, buy supplies, and pick up tickets for the hootenannies that Van Dereck organized. “Builder, musician, volunteer fireman, sculptor, beachcomber, and dump-picker extraordinaire,” as The Banner described him, he’s married to the artist and gallerist Simie Maryles.

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