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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

Robert Carman house

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

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Inventory Code: SH08
Prepared Date: 7/15/1982
Last modified: 6/22/2011
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 Southaven
3-Street Location:   2847 Montauk Highway

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

   4a-Public     4b-Private
5a-Owner  (at original survey date):    Frank Petrignani 5b-Address:    2847 Montauk Highway, north side at corner Old S. Country Rd.

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
8-Other:   asbestos shingles on front.  
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:  modern siding on front.  
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  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 structure is located in Southaven, which was first settled in the eighteenth century.  
Other Notable Features of Building and Site
18-Notable Features: This house belonged to R. Carman in 1873.

[It is likely that this is the residence leased by Mabel Hotchkin to the Town of Brookhaven in 1916 as an isolation hospital for the treatment and care of children suffering from infantile paralysis. See Sources.]

[In the early 20th century the site was owned by "Hotchkins."  In newspaper accounts it is referred to as "the old Hotchkins estate."  See Sources.] 

[From about 1927 through the 1930's, it was rented by Gardner Murdock from the Hotchkins estate as a boarding house and inn, known as the Hunters Inn. It was here that the bear mauling incident took place which lead to the death of the eleven year old boy, Grant Taylor.]

19-Initial Const Date:   Between 1858 and 1873
Historic and Architectural Importance
20-Importance:   2 1/2 story, 2 bay, low-angle gable roof house with 1 1/2 story wing on east. 6/6 windows. Both wing and main house have extremely wide roof overhang with main house eaves supported by giant-size narrow scrolled brackets. These giant brackets are unique. Nothing like them has ever been seen elsewhere on Long Island. The house very much resembles a railroad station of the period, with its board and batten siding and bracketed cornice.   

Atlas of Long Island, N.Y., by F.W. Beers, New York: Beers, Comstock & Cline, 1873.
Property is identified as R. Carman, that is Robert A. Carman, a son of Samuel Carman, Jr.

1902 Map of Brookhaven and South Haven, uncertain source.
Property is identified as R. Carman.

1915 Belcher Hyde Map, Brookhaven Town. 
Property is identified as W. B. Hotchkin, likely "Walter B. Hotchkin," a New York stockbroker.

From the Suffolk County News (Sayville, NY), 18 Aug 1916, p.4:
"Brookhaven Has Paralysis Hospital: An Isolation hospital for the treatment and care of children suffering from infantile paralysis has been secured for Brookhaven Town. It is the Robert Carman homestead located near the village of Brookhaven, a mile west of Carman's River. A lease for six months with the privilege of renewal for a similar period has been signed by Mrs. Mabel Hodgkins and the Town Board of Health."

From the Patchogue Advance, 24 May 1927, p. 9
The old Hotchkins estate on Montauk Highway is being cleared and the house is undergoing a thorough cleaning.  The place has been rented by Gardner Murdock of Bellport who will open a summer hostelery there.  He will serve duck and chicken dinner and several boarders can be accommodated as the place is roomy.

From the Patchogue Advance, 27 May 1927, p. 9.
Gardner Murdock, who has leased the old Hotchkins place, is having a broad piazza built on the east side for dancing.

From the Patchogue Advance, 8 July 1927, p. 11.
The correspondent was misinformed in stating in Tuesday's issue that William Heisler and family have moved to Bellport.  They have gone to Sayville instead.  Mr. Heisler was caretaker of the hunting dogs while here, but Gardner Murdock has all the beautiful hounds housed at Hunters Inn, Southaven now.  This inn was the old Hotchkins place, which Mr. Murdock has remodeled and a large, screened dancing veranda added.

22-Theme:   residential   
Prepared By:
  Ellen Williams, research assistant.
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