Jonathan Francis Fox of Dennisport has owned this property since 1994. • Historic District Survey, garage • Historic District Survey, shed (demolished) • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2012-12-09
I mean this as the highest compliment: 5 Cudworth Street is one of the oddest buildings in Provincetown. Like some of the very best buildings here — Land’s End Inn at 22 Commercial, the “Mushroom House” at 236R Bradford and Jonathan Sinaiko’s Hideaway Hill at 292 Bradford — it is unique, hand-crafted and eccentric.
Like any rule of thumb, this one isn’t infallible — but it’s usually a safe bet that a house as modest as 7 Cudworth, built between 1850 and 1880, has a rich and uninterrupted history in the hands of a single family. Astonishingly, this property has belonged to four generations of the Leonard family, who have owned it since the late 19th century. Victor J. Leonard (d 1913), a carpenter, and his wife, Henrietta (Alves) Leonard bought the house in 1898 from Manuel Brazil. More history»
This house was constructed around 1875. For a time until 1981 this was the home of Richard J. Pereira (b 1950), the airport manager, and his wife, Regina (Jason) Pereira (1951-2009), who was an inspector for the Housing Assistance Corporation in Dennis at the time of her death. We met the Jason family at 11 Conwell Street. • Historic District Survey, main house • Historic District Survey, shed • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2012-12-11
Joseph Lema Jr. (1910-2004) knew that his bride’s heart was set on this sweet little house near St. Peter’s Church. Now, 1939 was scarcely a year for extravagant financial gestures, but Joe so loved his new wife, Jessica (Grace) Lema (1911-2012); so loved her that he sacrificed his black roadster with orange wire wheels to finance the purchase. And one day, he came home to their apartment “downtown,” at 394 Commercial Street, showed her the keys he had in his hand and said, “Let’s take a look at our house.” That lovely romantic gesture has been amply repaid. Mrs. Lema was still living at 10 Cudworth Street 72 years later when I had the privilege of meeting her — one of Provincetown’s oldest citizens in one of its oldest houses. That’s just how it should be. More pictures and history»
See 10 Prince Street.
The plaque says the one-room public school that once stood on this site was constructed in 1828, but the Provincetown Historical Association’s Walking Tour No. 1 puts the date much earlier, in 1795. The guide said that public education was financed from leasing the fishery. Before the Grey Schoolhouse and two others were built, classes were held in meeting houses. School masters would board in pupils’ homes. ¶ Posted 2012-12-11
Built on the site of the Grey Schoolhouse (perhaps even incorporating some of it?) this home was constructed between 1850 and 1880. It was purchased in 1985 by Ralph E. Desmond (b 1951) from Rudolph J. Santos (b 1927), a fleet mechanic, who’d lived here with his wife, Ruth V. Santos (b 1926). Desmond — educated at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Syracuse University — runs an information technology consulting business out of 12 Cudworth that he established in Boston in 1981. • Historic District Survey • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2012-12-11