29 Alden Street

 
Old Provincetown’s ramshackle quality survives in the shed that’s part of the 29 Alden Street property. In the 1960s, it was the David Rothman Frame Shop and then it was taken over by George “Moe” Van Dereck Haunstrup (b 1940). He ran it as Moe’s Fancy Alden Street Workshop, where you could get your guitar fixed, buy supplies, and pick up tickets for hootenannies — organized by Moe Van Dereck. He was described by The Banner as a “builder, musician, volunteer fireman, sculptor, beachcomber and dump-picker extraordinaire.”

Many years after Moe’s Fancy, Van Dereck and his wife, Simie Maryles, opened an art gallery under her name at 435 Commercial. His brother is Anton “Napi” Van Dereck Haunstrup, proprietor of Napi’s. (Kevin Mullaney, “Van Dereck’s Burning Desire,” The Banner, 17 February 2000.) He continue to owns the shack, which is now one unit in a seven-unit condo.

The main house, which dates to the period from 1850 to 1870, is quite unusual in having a fully developed three-story extension. It gives the intersection of Alden and Cemetery Road an especially — and not unpleasantly — dense feeling. • Historic District Survey, main house • Historic District Survey, cottage • Historic District Survey, shed
Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 1 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 2 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 3 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 4 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 5 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 6 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 7 ¶ Updated 2012-10-28

 

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