Building Address: beach on the west side of the Town Dock, foot of Bellport Lane
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Surveyor’s Name: Jayme Breschard
Survey Date: July 7, 2004
Building Type: recreation
Owner’s Name: Bellport Village
Building Name: Bellport Village Marina gazebo
Date of Construction: ca. 1950
Building Dimensions: 16’ diameter
No. of Floors: 1
Decorative Features: closed rail around perimeter and exposed roof rafters
Siding Material(s): open-air with wooden post supports
Roof Style: circular with six planes and a low-pitched tent cap
Roofing Material(s): horizontal boards
Foundation: wooden posts
Window Style(s): open-air
No. of Entrances and Placement: egress on south and north elevations
Chimneys and Placement: none
Architectural Integrity: wood needs perpetual cleaning due to salt water air
Architectural Style: vernacular
The Bellport Village Marina’s gazebo sits just west of the Town Dock and Bellport Bay Yacht Clubhouse, on the 1.90-acre parcel owned by Bellport Village.
Although not the original gazebo, there has always been an open-air shelter, or “summerhouse,” at the foot of Bellport Lane. In Figure 2, the gazebo is referred to as the “summerhouse of the old Bay House” in Victor Principe’s book, Images of America: Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet. This puts the gazebo in operation since ca. 1874, when the luxury hotel was built. The Bay House was sold in 1900 to the Jewish Working Girls’ Vacation Society of New York in 1900. In 1946, it became a summer camp for boys at the Admiral John Paul Jones Naval Academy. The building was removed in 1950 by Bellport Village to develop the land as a public park. The remains of the Bay House’s porch were used in the 1950s as a bandstand.
Bigelow, Stephanie S. Bellport and Brookhaven: A Saga of the Sibling Hamlets at Old Purchase
South. Bellport, NY: Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, 1968.
Gottfried, Herbert and Jan Jennings. American Vernacular Design, 1870-1940. New
York: Van Norstrand Reinhold, 1985.
Principe, Victor. Images of America: Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet. Charleston,
SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2002.