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 

Architect:    

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   

Description: 
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.

Source:
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 http://ezproxy.library.cornell.edu:2972/ ; Internet; accessed 16 August 2004.

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