|Front View (Southeast), Present Day|
The little yellow house at 111 Powell Avenue was built about 1897 on a street created after the arrival of the Long Island Railroad in 1877 and on which the railroad station and lumber yard were located. It has been for sale for a while but doesn’t currently seem listed (I searched the internet briefly, looking for interior images). It’s a charming little house in a neighborhood where most of the houses are still relatively small and were built by house carpenters, just like this one. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and 1,436 square feet of living area.
Technically, it is a one-and-a-half story home that is cruciform in plan. Its primary asymmetrical north-south gable is flanked by matching cross gables to the east and west. Some of its windows have been replaced, and several little one-story appendages have been added over the years. There is a stockade fence dividing the 4/10ths acre property in half, but there is no pool, only a crumbling barn/garage in the back yard.
|East View, Present Day|
Not owning the house terribly long, in late 1911 the Street’s sold the house to John Okuniewicz (b.1879) and his family. Judging by John’s last name, you would be right in assuming that John was a Russian-Polish immigrant. The local Polish church and community was also located conveniently around the corner from this home. The Okuniewicz family owned the home for the next 40 years. John and his four sons held a variety of jobs around the estate district of the village, from chauffeur to gardner, and of course, house carpenter. I have been fortunate to meet the descendants of other local Polish immigrant families that held similar positions and had valuable oral histories and photos to share of surviving Southampton estates.From 1952 to 2004 the home was owned by other local Polish families, the Adamczyks and Marczaks, until being sold in 2004.