2 Nelson Avenue

"The Sea Beyond," by Charles A. Couper. Harris House Fine Art.“That’s how I came to Provincetown was because of Charlie,” Salvatore Del Deo told me in a conversation in 2013. “We became very, very close.” He was referring to Charles Alexander Couper, a fellow student at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston in the 1940s. “This era of painters, this whole firmament of young kids, came to study with Henry Hensche,” Josephine Del Deo added. Couper, who specializes in still lifes, was born in Portsmouth, N.H. While studying with Hensche, he met another artist, Marjorie Franks (1927-2012) of Philadelphia, Miss., whom he married. The couple moved to town full-time in 1963 and bought this parcel from Clifton A. and Katherine Nelson. They owned it until 1979. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-14

8 Nelson Avenue

Advertisement in The Provincetown Advocate, 5 October 1967. From Provincetown Online: The Advocate Live!, by the Provincetown Public Library. 

It is no coincidence at all that the next road up from the old Nelson’s Riding Stable (where Nelson’s Bait and Tackle still does business) should be called Nelson Avenue. The roadway runs through one of the earlier subdivisions, Provincetown Heights, which was created in 1966 from a large tract of land by Clifton A. Nelson (1914-1982) and his wife, Katherine Talbot (Wright) Nelson (b ±1917). More history

20 Nelson Avenue

No picture yet.Flora K. was not just the name of a chartered fishing boat of the 1960s, but also of Flora K. Gray (b 1923), whose husband, Capt. Ralph L. Gray (b 1919), was the boat’s skipper. The Flora K was one of the vessels that was hit by a runaway Coast Guard cutter in August 1963. Gray was aboard but managed to run up the gangway in time to avoid injury, Life magazine reported. The Grays lived here until the family sold the property in 1984 to Miriam A. Collinson, the proprietor of the abutting Dune’s Edge Campground. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-15

21 Nelson Avenue

No picture yet.The Pereira family are among the very few original settlers of Provincetown Heights who are still here more than 40 years later. They bought their property directly from the Nelsons in 1970. Richard D. “Pup” Pereira Sr. (1935-2012) married Carolyn E. Patrick (b 1936), the daughter of Joseph C. Patrick, proprietor of the Treasure in Trash second-hand store at 229 Commercial Street. Pereira worked at the store for many years and also operated Dick’s Gulf service station. Forced to retire by Parkinson’s disease, he turned his garage into a workshop. “Birdhouses became his therapy during his final years,” the obituary in The Barnstable Patriot said, “as anyone who drove by his Nelson Avenue ‘sales’ table would know.” • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-15

30 Nelson Avenue

No picture yet.The White family has owned and occupied this modest home since it was constructed in 1972, when John A. White (b 1921), a taxi owner, and his wife, Ruth V. White (b 1927), bought the property for $3,500. Other members of the family who have lived here include Steven D. White (b 1949), a fish handler, and Deborah L. White (b 1952), who has worked as a chambermaid and hostess. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-15

32 Nelson Avenue

32 Nelson Avenue, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap. 
James D. Cole, Provincetown. Gately McHoul Funeral Home.In a development full of understated houses, some of which began their lives as trailers, No. 32 stands out as an architectural statement — in a wood-frame, crazy-angle, nothing-quite-straight sort of Provincetown way. The house was built in 1971. It was purchased in 1997 by Bruce L. Moidell (b 1950), proprietor of the Lopes Square Variety Store, 307 Commercial Street. He shared it with his husband, James D. Cole (1943-2011), who worked in the town supermarket in its incarnations as an A&P, Grand Union and Stop & Shop. Cole (pictured) sat on the board of the Provincetown Public Library and sang in the Cape Cod Chorale. The house has been owned since 2012 by Jim Vogel, an architect, and Rob Anderson, a professor of architectural history and owner of PtownTours.comAssessor’s Online Database ¶ Updated 2013-05-18

34 Nelson Avenue

34 Nelson Avenue, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap.Residents of “the manor” — as Seashore Point is often called by those old enough to live there — dine on the cooking of Chef Christopher W. Siar (b 1956). His mother, Jean Ann “Spanky” Siar (±1931-2003), had been part owner of J’s Port of Call in the Crown & Anchor. Christopher’s wife, Kathi N. Siar (b 1963), is a waitress. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-16

36 Nelson Avenue

"Dyer Street," by Chuck Anzalone. Represented by the Lyman-Eyer Gallery.36 Nelson Avenue Condominium

Charles M. “Chuck” Anzalone (b 1951) and Peter Bez (b 1957) purchased Unit 1 at this condominium in 1994. Anzalone studied to be a graphic designer at the Art Institute of Boston and has made his living as a graphic artist, currently through the Graphics Group of Provincetown. But after taking a workshop with the painter Lois Griffel, as well as sessions with other Henry Hensche disciples, Rob Longley and Hilda Neily, Anzalone said he was “hooked” by painting. “Although I’m exploring a direction than the traditional Cape School style,” he said on his Web site, “I still use the valuable foundation that I learned in those first workshops.” More history and pictures»

38 Nelson Avenue

38 Nelson Avenue, Provincetown (2013), by David W. Dunlap. 
Peaked Hill Trust logo.Nelson Avenue is just about as close as you can get to the Cape Cod National Seashore while still living in Provincetown and so it seems fitting that two of the people most closely identified with the Peaked Hill Trust and the long fight to preserve and maintain the dune shacks — William S. “Bill” Fitts (b 1936) and Harriet (Walker) “Hatty” Fitts (b 1940) — should occupy a home here; a large home, at that, into which several dune shacks might comfortably fit. (Or, perhaps, not so comfortably.) They have owned this property since 1971 and built [?] their house in 1974. More history»

40 Nelson Avenue

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Stephen Milkewicz.A better person to speak about 40 Nelson Avenue than me is Stephen Milkewicz (b 1956), a longtime disc jockey on WOMR-FM and a member of the town’s Historical Commission. He and his partner, Ronald A. Schleimer, moved to Nelson Avenue in 1985 from 26 Bradford Street, which they had operated as the Lamplighter Guest House and Cottage.

“We decided to sell the Lamplighter when Ron’s teenage son Jason decided to come and live with us and go to Provincetown High,” Milkewicz told me in 2013. “Not much was on the market at that time. However, there was a ranch house across the highway, near Nelson’s horse farm. We only knew of the horses there, but were surprised to find a suburban family neighborhood in the woods next to the Seashore.” More history»

40A Nelson Avenue

No picture yet.40A Nelson Avenue

A subdivision within a subdivision, 40A Nelson Avenue is a six-unit, affordable rental housing project by Community Housing Resource Inc. that opened in June 2004. (A fuller discussion of C.H.R. is at 34-36 Conwell Street.) There are four one-bedroom house and two two-bedroom houses. The project was intended for those who earn between 50 and 65 percent of the area median income. Financing came in part from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2013-05-17

50 Nelson Avenue

"Untitled (Railroad Crossing, Provincetown)," by Oakley A. Spingler. Courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project (Town Art Collection). 
It is easy to explain how the Spinglers came to be one of the longest settled families on Nelson Avenue. They’re Nelsons, too. Zilpha B. Nelson (1916-1988), the sister of Clifton and Clarence Nelson, married Oakley A. “Oakie” Spingler (1909-2003) of Newport, R.I., in 1937. Spingler held a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and had first come to Provincetown to help John Robinson Frazier with summer art classes. More history