Frederick Ockers Oyster House-Unit Three
Building Address: 138 Atlantic Avenue
Section / Block / Lot:
Surveyor’s Name: Jayme Breschard
Survey Date: August 9, 2004
Building Type: recreation
Owner’s Name: West Sayville Boat Basin
Building Name: Frederick Ockers Oyster House (Unit Three)
Date of Construction: ca. 1900 (the one-and-a-half-story clapboard addition on the pier, ca. 1925)
Building Dimensions: 60’ x 20’
No. of Floors: 1 ½
Decorative Features: projecting eave along east elevation
Siding Material(s): natural wood shingle and clapboard
Roof Style: cross-gabled
Roofing Material(s): asphalt shingle, plain
Window Style(s): single six-over-six and one-over-one double-hung sash and nine-light casement windows
No. of Entrances and Placement: single sliding doors on the façade (south) and east elevation and double cross-batten doors on the rear (north) elevation
Chimneys and Placement: interior slope brick and interior slope pipe chimneys
Architectural Integrity: original wall cladding; mixture of original and replacement windows
Architectural Style: vernacular maritime/industrial
The building at 138 Atlantic Avenue sits in-between the southern ends of West Avenue and Atlantic Avenue. An asphalt parking lot borders on the rear (north) elevation and the West Sayville Boat Basin on its façade (south).
According to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, this building was one of three units that configured the Frederick Ockers Oyster House (from around February 1909 to around August 1949). Unit Three served as the oyster opening and storage facility.
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.