Building Address:  Private Road (gravel)

Section / Block / Lot:    

Surveyor’s Name:  Jayme Breschard

Survey Date:  August 4, 2004

Building Type:  residence/recreation

Owner’s Name:  Florence Duffy Sharkey

Building Name:  The Duffy’s

Date of Construction:  ca. 1910 – 1926


Building Dimensions:  35’ x 19’

No. of Floors:  1

Decorative Features:  four-panel entrance door on façade (east) with an elliptic light

Siding Material(s):  horizontal vinyl siding

Roof Style:  flat

Roofing Material(s):  asphalt shingle, plain

Foundation:  concrete

Window Style(s):  paired one-over-one double-hung sash, six-light casement, and small, fixed octagon windows

No. of Entrances and Placement:  off-centered entrance door on façade (east)
Chimneys and Placement:  not visible

Condition:  good

Architectural Integrity:  wall cladding has been replaced; windows appear to be original

Architectural Style:  vernacular

The Duffy’s is a one-story floating structure situated on a .38-acre parcel at the foot of a canal, just off Swan River.  Its façade looks east upon Swan River, with its rear (west) enveloped by wetlands.  The canal and dock are accessed by a narrow gravel road.  This road sits on the east side of Conklin Avenue, just before the bend that meets Grove Avenue, and is unmarked.  The dock covers about 1.28-acres and is divided into seven parcels, owned individually and jointly by Edward and Mary Brown, Florence Duffy Sharkey, and Paul E. Sharkey II.

Historical Information: 
The canal that accommodates The Duffy’s first appears on a February, 1910 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.  Before this time, Grove Avenue served as Patchogue’s east boundary line.  The canal has a bulkhead and serves as a small berth for local baymen.

Gottfried, Herbert and Jan Jennings. American Vernacular Design, 1870-1940.  New York: Van Norstrand Reinhold, 1985.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.  Patchogue, New York: February 1910, October 1916, and October 1926 (updated through July 1947); available from Internet; accessed 9 August 2004.

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