4 Montello Street

4 Montello Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap.4 Montello Street Condominium

The base building of this two-unit property dates to 1890, according to the assessor’s record. It was home to the Valentine family in the early 20th century. The condo conversion occurred in 2002 and the current owners live in Boston and Oak Park, Calif. • Historic District SurveyAssessor’s Online Database, Unit 1 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 2 ¶ Posted 2013-05-08

6 Montello Street

6 Montello Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
Edith Mae Sawyer (Roderick). 1943 Long Pointer. Courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.From 1968 to 1975, Edie’s Coffee Locker at 293 Commercial Street was a popular place to go, with a reputation far larger than its tiny size. Its namesake, Edith Mae (Sawyer) Roderick (1925-2000), lived here with her husband, David W. Roderick (1924-1992). She is pictured at left in the Long Pointer of 1943, when she graduated from Provincetown High School. She married Mr. Roderick, then a fisherman, two years later. Residents and tourists would have seen Mrs. Roderick all over town through the years, as a cashier at the Mayflower Café, the Viking restaurant and Paparazzi’s, and as the deli manager at the A. & P. She also fixed desserts for the Provincetown Soup Kitchen and the Provincetow AIDS Support Group. At Edie’s, she was the lunch and dinner chef. More pictures and history»

8 Montello Street

8 Montello Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
"Cottage Street Late Afternoon," by Hilda Neily. Copyright © by Hilda Neily.Although Hawthorne’s name and works are better known, Henry Hensche was arguably the more practically influential artist in that line, given how many students he attracted to Provincetown. Among them was Hilda S. Neily (b 1947), a plein-air Impressionist who was born in Windsor, Vt., and moved to Provincetown in 1968. She began studying under Hensche in 1974 at his Cape School of Art. (Her painting, Cottage Street Late Afternoon, is shown at right, and the garage that she converted into a studio in 2006 is shown above.) She operates the Hilda Neily Gallery at 364 Commercial Street (formerly at 398 Commercial Street). Neily is also an instructor at and president of the reconstituted Cape School of Art, which she helped reopen. She purchased this property in 2002. More history and pictures»

† 10 Montello Street

Montello Street, Provincetown (1911). Scrapbooks of Althea Boxell: Book 1, Page 5. Courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project (Dowd Collection). 
Among the several houses with an “Oldest” claim older than the “Oldest House” (72 Commercial Street), there once stood an especially picturesque half Cape on Montello Street. Althea Boxell (1910-1988), that obsessive chronicler of Provincetown, refers to it at least three times in her Scrapbooks: Book 1, Page 5; Book 1, Page 68; and Book 2, Page 133. I don’t know that this house stood at No. 10 — and Boxell doesn’t say — but I have a reason for guessing that it may have. More pictures and history»

15 Montello Street

15 Montello Street, Provincetown (2011), by David W. Dunlap.Kendew Bayside Condominium

A half century ago, in 1963, this was home to Edward L. Silva (b ±1892), Katherine Rose Silva (b ±1896) and Marion Silva (b ±1899). Katherine sold the property in 1979 to Anne C. Dewaniero (b 1946), who lived here with Nancy K. Kennedy (b 1935), Denise Gaylord (b 1955) and Susan K. Laws (b 1958). It became a three-unit condo in 2000; its name presumably a contraction of Kennedy-Dewaniero. Today, its owners live in Roxbury Crossing, Marlboro and San Francisco. • Historic District Survey, main house • Historic District Survey, garage • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 1 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 2 • Assessor’s Online Database, Unit 3 ¶ Posted 2013-05-11

16 Montello Street

16 Montello Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
Joseph Raymond Oliver, Provincetown (ND). Gately McHoul Funeral Home.“The Olivers,” it says proudly at 16 Montello Street, as it might have for more than half a century. Having married in 1958, Joseph Raymond Oliver (1922-2011), pictured at left, and Joan Noons (Ferreira) Oliver (b 1934) bought this house in 1962 from Mary A. Amador for $3,000. (It is now assessed at 155 times that value.) Joe Oliver worked at the A&P for 43 years and retired as the produce manager. In his retirement, his obituary said, he looked forward to his grandchildrens’ visits. “He would laugh and play his harmonica, watching his grandchildren dance to his tunes.” Mrs. Oliver was still living here in 2012 and two of the Olivers’ children were also listed at this address: Cindy L. Castrigno (b 1960) and Michael W. Noons (b 1955). More pictures and information»

17 Montello Street

No picture yet.Georgiana Costa (±1885-1967) was born in São Miguel in the Azores to Francisca and Jacinto Costa. She moved to Provincetown when she was in her mid-20s. Already here in town was the fisherman Manuel P. Souza (±1878-1957), who was also a native of São Miguel. They had one son between them, Manuel J. Souza. Mrs. Souza was also the mother of Emerson Taves and Joseph Taves (b ±1916), who operated the Taves Taxi Service from this address in the 1960s. Mr. Souza was also the father of Lillian (Souza) Silva. The property has been owned since 1992 by Frank R. Gaynor, who purchased it from Fannie Mae. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-11

20 Montello Street

20 Montello Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap. 
Marie F. Taves, Provincetown (2011), by David W. Dunlap.The displacement of the old families seems to be the theme of Montello Street, as it elsewhere in town, but then there are striking exceptions, too. This house belongs to the Taves family, as it has for nearly 70 years. That name should be familiar even to washashores (at least, to perceptive washashores) from the still-functioning boatyard and marine railway in the West End, next to the Coast Guard station. Marion Taves (±1884-1962) was born in São Miguel, the Azores, and arrived in Provincetown as a child. His wife, Caroline (Perry) Taves (b ±1888), also came from São Miguel. Their son, Frank “Biska” Taves (b ±1906), who lived here at least through the early 1940s, established the Taves Boatyard at 129R Commercial Street. From 1936 to 1938, Biska Taves built a 36-foot trawler, the Veronica Mae, which his father skippered. More pictures and history»

26 Montello Street

26 Montello Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap.At the turn of the 20th century, the fisherman John Patrick owned this and the adjacent property at 28 Montello Street. It was the home for many years of a laborer named Manuel Souza (b ±1885) — it should be noted that in 1950 there were nine other men named Manuel Souza in town — and his wife Georgianna Souza (b ±1889). They were married in 1908 and celebrated their 50th anniversary while living here. The party was held at the Bonnie Doone, 35 Bradford Street. Their children included Manuel Souza Jr., who married Celia Mae Francis in 1934; and Hilda Mae Souza, who married Warren Cabral in 1937. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-11

27 Montello Street

27 Montello Street, Provincetown (2012), by David W. Dunlap.More than two decades have elapsed since James J. “Jimmy” Meads Sr. (1933-2011) was the chief of police in Provincetown, but his name still resonates, as he is generally credited with having steered the town quite successfully through a very tough era in policing. (A fuller discussion may be found at his adulthood home, 5 Dyer Street.) This was the home of his parents, the fisherman Frank Meads (b ±1900) and his wife, Mary V. Meads (b ±1907), as well as his brother Francis J. Meads (b ±1929), who owned the property until 1982. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-12