Building Address: 61 West Avenue
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Surveyor’s Name: Jayme Breschard
Survey Date: August 9, 2004
Building Type: residence
Building Name: Verbeake-Rudolph house
Date of Construction: ca. 1890
Building Dimensions: 40’ x 20’
No. of Floors: 2 ½
Decorative Features: louvered shutters and gabled entry hood on façade (west) with turned spindles and open rails
Siding Material(s): asbestos shingle, plain
Roof Style: front-gabled
Roofing Material(s): asphalt shingle, plain
Window Style(s): single two-over-two double-hung sash windows
No. of Entrances and Placement: off-centered entrance door on façade (west)
Chimneys and Placement: interior slope brick chimney
Architectural Integrity: original wall cladding replaced and rear (east) one-story addition; windows are original
Architectural Style: Open-Gable Cottage
The building at 61 West Avenue sits on the east side of the street with an east-west concrete drive running along the building’s south elevation. A poured concrete walk extends westward from the façade’s entrance door to West Avenue.
According to retired fisherman Lowell Ockers, a bayman with the surname, “Verbeake,” lived at this residence. He was known for haul seining and skimmering. Another former resident with the surname, “Rudolph” owned a boatyard. (According to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, there was a William F. Rudolph who owned an oyster house on what is now Shore Road.) This building was located at 18 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 http://ezproxy.library.cornell.edu:2972/ ; Internet; accessed 16 August 2004.