Building Address:  51 West Avenue
Section / Block / Lot:     

Surveyor’s Name:  Jayme Breschard

Survey Date:  August 9, 2004

Building Type:  residence

Owner’s Name:  

Building Name:  Kwaak house

Date of Construction:  ca. 1880 


Building Dimensions:  38’ x 26’         

No. of Floors:  2 ½
Decorative Features:  enclosed full-width one-story porch on façade (west) with half-hipped roof     

Siding Material(s):  vinyl horizontal siding

Roof Style:  side-gabled  

Roofing Material(s):  asphalt shingle, plain 

Foundation:  concrete

Window Style(s):  single, paired, and triple one-over-one double-hung sash windows

No. of Entrances and Placement:  centered half-glazed entrance door on façade (west) 

Chimneys and Placement:  interior slope concrete block chimney

Condition:  good

Architectural Integrity:  original wall cladding and windows replaced; enclosed full-width one-story porch on façade (west)

Architectural Style:  Colonial Cottage   

The building at 51 West Avenue sits on the east side of the street with a brick walkway extending westward from the enclosed porch on the façade (west) towards West Avenue.

Historical Information: 
According to retired fisherman Lowell Ockers, Gabriel Kwaak, a bayman, lived at this residence. This building was located at 23 West Avenue until sometime after August, 1949 when West Avenue was renumbered.

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

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.  Sayville, New York: February 1909, September 1915, and June 1925 (updated through August 1949); available from ; Internet; accessed 16 August 2004.

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