83, on the corner, has windows that are not symmetrically arranged and gable ends that are projected. It also has a second-story projection over its western bay window which may or may not be original.
95, one east of 83, has symmetrically arranged windows, different eave details which turn out at the ends, and has had part of its wrap-around porch enclosed.
Both of them have wrap-around porches but one has simple square columns and the other has a half-wall and shingled columns; both of them probably had turned columns originally. Also, they both have two-over-two double-hung windows and use a variety of shingle patterns to decorate their elevations, a very common Queen Anne detail.
An architect named Daniel T. Wells seems to have been the mastermind behind these houses. He lived at #83, and the builder of the homes, Harry Clancy, lived at #95; a convenient arrangement.
Daniel T. Wells (b. 1854) was from Southold and married Carrie B. Ginty in 1878. Together they had one daughter, Ruby, in 1886, but sadly Carrie died in 1890, not living long enough to enjoy her daughter, or her new Southampton home.
At the time that Wells and Clancy had their homes built, the land across the street to the south was a farm. But slowly the farm owner (a Halsey) sold off pieces of the property until the southern side of Layton Avneue became fully lined with new houses, around 1915. In 1910 at least 8 of the heads of households were involved in the building trade, making Layton Avenue more like "builder's row."
Coincidentally, the current owners of #95, the Fanning family, are planning to add-on to and significantly renovate their house in the near future; the application is scheduled to be reviewed at the next Architectural Review Board meeting on Monday, February 13th. I wonder how much it will resemble #83 when it's finished? The additions are mainly to the rear, but what worries me are the plans to give the house a new foundation, new siding, roofing, windows, doors, electrical wiring, and plumbing. It sounds like a total reconstruction (and conversely not a restoration/rehabilitation), leaving little left of the original architecture, like we recently saw occur at #67 Layton. I certainly hope that will not be the case here, eliminating yet another historic resource from our lovely village. I hope at the very least, windows with two-over-two divided lights and the variety of shingle patterns will be maintained, continuing the house's Queen Anne style, and its relationship to its neighbor.