Building Address:  73 West Avenue 

Section / Block / Lot:     

Surveyor’s Name:  Jayme Breschard

Survey Date:  August 9, 2004

Building Type:  residence

Owner’s Name: 

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

Foundation:  concrete

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     

Condition:  good

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.

Historical Information:
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 ; Internet; accessed 16 August 2004.

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