2020 Commercial 099-101 Furtado's Wharf 1938


99-101 Commercial Street.

Manuel “Ti Manuel” Furtado (1879-1945), who opened his boatyard at 99-101 Commercial Street upon acquiring the property, applied in 1927 to construct a 58-foot-long pile wharf, intending it to sit 8 feet above mean high water. He installed cabins on Furtado’s Wharf that he rented to summertime visitors. After Sal’s Place opened in 1962, the pier was known as Sal’s Wharf. Three of the cabins endure: the former Albatross II pilot house at the end of the pier (99-101 Commercial Street), now owned by Bryan Rafanelli and Mark Walsh; the middle cabin (99-101 Commercial Street), also owned by Rafanelli and Walsh; and the innermost cabin (99-101 Commercial Street), owned by David Berarducci. The three owners applied in 2015 “to demolish and reconstruct the pier with an increase in height of 3.7 feet and no structural change to the three existing dwelling units.” They were forced to stop the project after their permit expired in March 2016. Their application to resume construction, before the town Conservation Commission, led to what The Banner called a “heated exchange” and “hours of argument” among lawyers representing the pier shed owners, on one hand, and the proprietor of Sal’s Place, Siobhan Carew, on the other — though they were yoked together as owners in the Nathaniel Hopkins Condominium at Union Wharf. A big point of contention was the unauthorized removal of Sal’s outdoor deck by the contractor working for the pier shed owners. The commission chairman, Dennis Minsky, said that although such issues “sound very real … they are not in this application before us.” The commission gave the project a go-ahead, with conditions, by a vote of 5-to-0.

¶ Last updated on 30 August 2018. Image courtesy of the Town of Provincetown, Document Center 2848. (1938 Sanborn Map, Plate 3.)

For further reading online

“Provincetown ConCom Allows Pier Work at 99 Commercial to Resume,” by Katy Ward, The Provincetown Banner, 5 August 2016. Wicked Local 20160805.

Provincetown Conservation Commission, Minutes, 2 August 2016.

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