Building Address: 5 Newey Lane
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Surveyor’s Name: Jayme Breschard
Survey Date: June 2, 2004
Building Type: residence
Owner’s Name: David Ebner
Building Name: Grodeski house
Date of Construction: ca. 1880
Building Dimensions: 34’ x 36’
No. of Floors: 2
Decorative Features: gable louvers, vertical plank shutters, and metal awnings
Siding Material(s): painted wood shingle, sawed, coursed
Roof Style: cross-gabled roof with hipped-roof façade addition
Roofing Material(s): asphalt shingle, plain
Foundation: concrete block
Window Style(s): Chicago window, frieze band (eyebrow), paired one-over-one double-hung sash, and six-over-six double-hung sash windows
No. of Entrances and Placement: north elevation and rear (east) entries, both with metal awnings
Chimneys and Placement: exterior painted concrete block end-wall chimney on rear (east) elevation
Architectural Integrity: There is a one-story façade (west) addition with half- hipped roof that wraps around to the south elevation of the building.
Architectural Style: Greek Revival, with early twentieth century and modern alterations
The building at 5 Newey Lane sits on the east side of Newey Lane. Two outbuildings are located in the rear (east) lot. The larger structure is front-gabled with a concrete block foundation, flat roof addition, and clad with painted wood shingles. It has paired one-over-one double-hung sash windows, two half-glazed roll-up garage doors, and a metal corrugated panel roof. The smaller structure has a shed roof with a dropped secondary roof, vertical board siding, casement windows, and an asphalt shingle roof.
According to the 1888 Atlas of the Towns of Babylon, Islip and the South Part of Brookhaven, William Murdock resided in the building presently located at 5 Newey Lane. Robert H. Lyons III, current Bellport Village Trustee, remembered Bill Murdock from his youth as a bayman.
In addition, current homeowner, David Ebner, stated that Stanley Grodeski, a boat carpenter who worked with Captain Samuel W. Newey in his shipyard, lived in this residence. Grodeski was still building boats in 1968 when Stephanie S. Bigelow’s book, Bellport and Brookhaven: A Saga of the Sibling Hamlets at Old Purchase South,was published.
Beers, F.W. Atlas of Long Island (1873).
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. NewYork: Van Norstrand Reinhold, 1985.
Lyons, Robert H. III, interview by author, Jayme Breschard. Telephone interview, 14 July 2004.
Wendelkyn & Co. Atlas of the Towns of Babylon, Islip and the South Part of Brookhaven. 1888.