31 Atkins-Mayo Road

Sal Del Deo in his studio, an out building at 31 Atkins-Mayo Road, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Sal Del Deo in his studio, an out building at 31 Atkins-Mayo Road, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

The artist and restaurateur Salvatore Del Deo — namesake of both Ciro & Sal’s and Sal’s Place — has owned this property since 1955 with his wife, Josephine (Couch) Del Deo. She is the town historian emerita; a moving force behind the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Historic District, and the former Heritage Museum, and the author of Figures in a Landscape, a biography of Ross Moffett; and Compass Grass Anthology. In 1953, she married Sal, who had attended the Art Students League and the Vesper George School of Art in Boston before coming to town to study with Henry Hensche. His studio is a freestanding building out back. To design it, Del Deo told me, he measured the dimensions of studios used by Moffett, Philip Malicoat, Pauline Palmer, Max Bohm, Frederick Waugh, and Charles Hawthorne. The main house was originally the studio of Mary Bacon Jones.

Sal and Josephine Del Deo at home, 31 Atkins-Mayo Road, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Sal and Josephine Del Deo at home, 31 Atkins-Mayo Road, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

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