Building Address: 73 West Avenue
Section / Block / Lot:
Surveyor’s Name: Jayme Breschard
Survey Date: August 9, 2004
Building Type: residence
Building Name: George Van Wyen house
Date of Construction: ca. 1880 – 1890
Building Dimensions: 37’ x 43’
No. of Floors: 2 ½
Decorative Features: cornice returns, plain exterior window trims with cornice, and paneled shutters
Siding Material(s): asbestos shingle
Roof Style: front-gabled (with first-floor intersecting cross-gable)
Roofing Material(s): asphalt shingle, plain
Window Style(s): single six-over-six and one-over-one double-hung sash, three-sided bay, awning with elliptic transom, and Chicago-type windows
No. of Entrances and Placement: centered entrance door on façade (west)
Chimneys and Placement: interior slope brick chimney
Architectural Integrity: original wall cladding replaced and enclosed entry porch on façade; mixture of original and replacement windows
Architectural Style: Colonial Cottage
The building at 73 West Avenue sits on the east side of the street with an east-west asphalt drive running along the building’s south elevation.
According to retired fisherman Lowell Ockers, bayman George Van Wyen lived at this residence. According to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, there was a Van Wyen Blue Point Oyster Company located on what is now Shore Road. This building was located at 123 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.