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.


August Starke House

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

Inventory Code:   Br38.068-S 
Prepared Date:   2009-09-25 
Last Modified:   1970-01-01 
Original Submitter
Submitter Name:   John Deitz
Submitter Address:   7 Locust Rd.

Brookhaven, NY 11719  
1-Building/Site Name:   August Starke House 
2a-County:   Suffolk    2b-Town:   Brookhaven    2c-Village:   Hamlet of Brookhaven
3-Street Location:    
 4a-Public    4b-Private
5a-Present Owner:   Robert and Helen Starke 5b-Address:   68 Bay Road

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?
11c-Alterations:    «»
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
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:   The site, at the northwest corner of Bay Rd and Fire Place Lane, sits between Bay Road and Beaverdam Creek. It included a vegatable garden, orchard, and marsh.
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
Other Notable Features of Building and Site
18-Notable Features:      «»
19-Initial Const Date:   About 1900  
19-Builder: August Starke  
Historic and Architectural Importance
20-Importance:   About 1900, August Starke purchased about 22 acres of largely undeveloped land between Bay Road and Beaver Dam Creek from James H. Post and others. His brother, Charles, purchased a similar site of about 14 acres immediately to the south, between August's land and the Great South Bay (see Historic Site ID Br38.150-S). August built the present house about 1900. Various lots were subsequently sold, reducing the site to its present size, about 4 acres.  «»
21-Sources: Post Morrow Foundation Newsletter, March 2003: Interview with Robert Starke (also reprinted this site): " After the war and my discharge from the Navy in 1946, Helen and I wanted to live in Brookhaven and for a while used the old barn, which was renovated into a house for a year and a half. At that time, 1947, my stepmother, since we had homes in Flatbush and in Brookhaven, decided to sell the Brookhaven property. Accordingly, it was listed for sale and Daniel Bohan, a developer from Bellport, made an offer of $25,000 for the house-barn [now 1 River Lane] and 22 acres. I opted for the house [68 Bay Road] and property to the Beaver Dam Creek, a plot 200 feet on Bay Road and 150 on the creek, a total of about four acres, which we still own today. We also bought an additional three acres, the property adjacent and just north of us, from Mrs. Morasco."
Suffolk County News (Sayville), 30 November 1900: "James H. Post and wife to August L. Starke, twenty acres, at Brookhaven, consideration $1,700."
Suffolk County News (Sayville), 2 November 1900: "Ellen P. Miller to Charles P. Starke, lot on highway, Brookhaven, consideration nominal. Same to August L. Starke, lot on highway, Brookhaven, consideration nominal."
22-Theme:   Residential  
Prepared By: 
  John Deitz  
Supplemental Material: