28 Alden Street

28 Alden Street. [2012, Dunlap]

Three different contemporary parcels, under three different owners, can trace their origins to the Facha-Lopes property. Three generations of this family owned the undivided Alden Street frontage for the better part of a century: Frances Tiadora (Silva) Facha and her husband, Frank Roderick Facha Sr.; their daughter, Mary (Facha) Lopes, and her husband, Manuel J. Lopes; and the Lopeses’ son, Maurice Henry Lopes.

After World War II, the family built a one-story utilitarian structure on the south side of the lot. This came to have the address of 28 Alden Street after the parcel was subdivided, but was designated No. 30 in the 1950s, when it was the Cape End Laundry. After the laundry was modified as a dwelling, it was home for a time in the mid-1990s to the environmental activist Peter E. Souza.

Just six months before Maurice Lopes died in 1996, he sold the large property to Jane E. Gildersleeve and David R. Curtis, of Ironia, N.J., for $235,000. Curtis and Gildersleeve then divided the parcel into three lots: 28 Alden Street, with the old laundry building; 30 Alden Street, with the main house; and 32 Alden Street, unimproved.¹

Gildersleeve and Curtis sold 28 Alden Street in 1997 to Mitchell G. Hollander of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Robert Purinton of Roxbury. On their behalf, the architect Neal Kimball applied in 2006 to the Historic District Commission for permission to demolish the “structurally compromised, one-story, non-conforming dwelling” and construct a new two-story house in its place “with similar design and slightly larger footprint.”

Lawn ornaments at 28 Alden Street. [2011, Dunlap]

The original outline of the Facha-Lopes homestead superimposed on contemporary property boundaries. The green is Motta Field. [Town Map]

28 Alden Street on the Town Map, showing property lines.

Also at this address

Former Cape End Laundry.

In memoriam

• Maurice Henry Lopes (1918-1996)

Find a Grave Memorial No. 107076324.

¹ “Plan of Land in Provincetown as Surveyed for David R. Curtis & Jane E. Gildersleeve,” August 1996, Registry Plan Book 531, Page 22, Barnstable County Registry of Deeds.

¶ Last updated on 3 December 2021.

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