Building Address:  61 West Avenue
 
Section / Block / Lot:     

Surveyor’s Name:  Jayme Breschard

Survey Date:  August 9, 2004

Building Type:  residence

Owner’s Name: 

Building Name:  Verbeake-Rudolph house

Date of Construction:  ca. 1890

Architect:    

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

Foundation:  concrete

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

Condition:  good

Architectural Integrity:  original wall cladding replaced and rear (east) one-story addition; windows are original      

Architectural Style:  Open-Gable Cottage

Description: 
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. 

Historical Information: 
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.

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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