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Unless indicated below, this is a transcript of the original Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/Town of Brookhaven survey form.   Since most of the surveys were conducted in the late 1970's and early 1980's, much of the information reflects that time period. 

Corrections to obvious typographical and spelling errors have been made.  Corrections to factual errors in the original surveys, and updates or comments on the information are either enclosed in [square brackets], or are clearly indicated as updated material from the context of the comments. 

Sites which have a suffix of "S" are supplemental sites not included in the original surveys.

Building-Structure Inventory Form

Miller-Pizzichemi-[Blume] house [The Oaks]

 If checked, this is a Supplemental Form, not included in the original surveys.

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Inventory Code: Br26
Prepared Date: 8/16/1982
Last modified: 12/24/2014
Original Submitter
Submitter Name: Town of Brookhaven/SPLIA
Submitter Address: Town Hall
205 S. Ocean Ave.
Organization: Brookhaven Community Development Agency
1-Building/Site Name:  
2a-County:   Suffolk 2b-Town:  Brookhaven 2c-Village:  Hamlet of Brookhaven
3-Street Location:   281 Beaver Dam Road

 If checked, this site is within the Fire Place (Brookhaven Hamlet) Historic District

   4a-Public     4b-Private
5a-Owner  (at original survey date):    Dominick Pizzichemi 5b-Address:    281 Beaver Dam Rd., Brookhaven

6a-Original:    residence

6b-Present:    residence

 7a-Visible From Road

 7b-Interior Accessible:
7b-Interior Comment:   by appointment  
Building Materials 
   8a-Clapboard    8b-Stone    8c-Brick
   8d-Board & Batten    8e-Cobblestone    8f-Shingles
Structural System
   9a-Wood Frame Interlocking Joints    9b-Wood Frame Light Members:    9c-Masonry:
9d-Metal Comment:     
9e-Other Comment:     
    10a-Excellent   10b-Good   10c-Fair     10d-Deteriorated
   11a-Original Site  11b-Moved   If so, when?  
11c-Alterations:  Cement Block foundation under front porch  
Photo & Map
12-Photo Photos and images
  14a-None Known:    14b-Zoning   14c-Roads
  14d-Developers :   14e-Deterioration
Related Outbuildings
and Property

  15a-Barn   15b-Carriage House  15c-Garage
  15d-Privy   15e-Shed   15f-Greenhouse
  15g-Shop   15h-Gardens   15i-Landscape Features
15i-Landscape Features:   
Surroundings of the Building
  16a-Open Land   16b-Woodland   16c-Scattered Bldgs.
  16d-Densely Built-up   16e-Commercial  16f-Industrial
  16g-Residential 16h-Other:   
Interrelationship of Building and Surroundings
17-Interrelationships:   This house is located on Beaver Dam Road, which as first opened in 1735  
Other Notable Features of Building and Site
18-Notable Features:       
19-Initial Const Date:   before 1902, c. 1890
Historic and Architectural Importance
20-Importance:   Large, 2 1/2 story, Gable roof, asymmetrical, Queen Anne style house with main gable roof section to the street. Gables with dentils. Wraparound porch with turned posts and lattice-like fascia. Original porch railing remains, partly broken. Original, double-leaf, paneled front doors and storm doors. Multi-paned square window in entrance hall next to front door. Large 1/1 windows throughout, and 6/6 windows in attic. Glass-enclosed, solarium on second floor east side projects over front porch. Large lawns on two sides of house, and carriage house in rear.

This house, reminiscent of some on Shelter Island, is the only one of its type in Brookhaven Hamlet.

A post card, dated 1912, names this house "The Oaks."

[A note on a photograph at the Post-Morrow Foundation Historic Archives indicates that the house was built in 1903 by Thomas I. Morrow (Sr.), and occupied by members of the Morrow family until 1947. However, recent research raises questions on the validity of this note. Numerous newspaper accounts indicate that Louis and Melita Blume were residents of The Oaks from perhaps as early as c. 1914 until 1941. The main Morrow house was located a short distance east. One NEWSPAPER account indicates that the property was owned by the Blumes; deed research on the property has not yet been conducted. Mrs. Louis Blume was Melita Blume, a well-known local artist. Melita had a small studio/store on the southwest corner of their lot. Originally built as a corn crib, it is no longer extant.]

21-Sources:      Atlas of the Ocean Shore of Suffolk county, L.I., New York: E. Belcher-Hyde, publishers, pl. no. 3, 1902. Atlas of Suffolk County, L.I., easterly section, Vol. I, New York: E. Belcher-Hyde, publishers, 1915.  
22-Theme:   residential   
Prepared By:
  Ellen Williams, research assistant.
Supplemental Material: 
  A Guest House? There is some little evidence that this residence was a Guest house operated by Mrs Melita Blume in the early part of 20th century. A post card of the residence, then called "The Oaks," postally dated Aug 10, 1912, was mailed by a Mrs. V.A. Taylor, having been sent there "for two weeks by my husband," An article in the Patchogue Advance of 28 Feb. 1928, pg. 3, indicates "Brookhaven–Mrs Julia Loomis of New York and Brookhaven arrived at the Oaks Monday and was a guest of Mrs. Melita Blume." No other evidence has been found that the Oaks was one of the many commercial Guest Houses in Brookhaven hamlet in the early 20th century.