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 with an Inventory Code suffix of “S” are supplemental sites not included in the original surveys.


Stirling-Clevidence House

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

Inventory Code:   Br37.01-S 
Prepared Date:   2006-01-04 
Last Modified:   1970-01-01 
Original Submitter
Submitter Name:   John Deitz
Submitter Address:   7 Locust Rd.

Brookhaven, NY 11719  
1-Building/Site Name:   Stirling-Clevidence House 
2a-County:   Suffolk    2b-Town:   Brookhaven    2c-Village:   Hamlet of Brookhaven
3-Street Location:    
 4a-Public    4b-Private
5a-Present Owner:   Gary Clevidence 5b-Address:   south end Edgar Ave

6a-Original:   residence

6b-Present:   residence

 7a-Visible From Road

 7b-Interior Accessible
7b-Interior Comment:   by appointment
Building Materials



 8d-Board & Batten



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? abt 1952
11c-Alterations:   Rear kitchen addition, garage and woor shed attached to structure  «»
Photo & Map
12-Photo Photos and images
[Threats were not evaluated in the original South Shore Estuary Survey.  They are an evaluation by J. Deitz]
  14a-None Known:   14b-Zoning   14c-Roads
  14d-Developers   14e-Deterioration
14f-Other:  This structure is in the wetlands and subject and especially vulnerable to severe storms.  
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:   Wetlands
Interrelationship of Building and Surroundings
Other Notable Features of Building and Site
18-Notable Features:      «»
19-Initial Const Date:   Parts early 19th century, perhaps late 18th century.  
Historic and Architectural Importance
20-Importance:   The front 1 1/2-story section of this house was originally a part of a house in South Haven on Montauk Highway owned by Kenneth Hard and the Hard Estate/Suffolk Game Preserve. About 1952, this structure was purchased by Robert (Bud) Stirling and moved to this Brookhaven Hamlet location. He also brought in fill that raises the house 4-5 feet above the marshland, and constructed the road at the end of Edgar Ave. to the house.

A modern kitchen wing has been added to the rear of the house, a garage and work sheds added to the north side, and a dormer added to the south side. There has been some remodeling to the interior, although some of the wide floorboards still contain original hand forged nails. Additional windows and doors have also been added to the exterior facades.

From this house there is an unobstructed view across the marshland (originally a salt hay meadow) to the Great South Bay.

21-Sources: Interviews with Gary Clevidence (current owner), Ken Hard (friend of Bud Stirling), Ruth Stirling Gould (Bud's sister), Joan and Dick Watson (remembers specifically discussing the house with Bud), and others, mostly conducted by Marty van Lith. «»
22-Theme:   Residential  
Prepared By: 
  John Deitz  
Supplemental Material: