The information in this form is based on information in the original South Shore Estuary Survey. Corrections to obvious typographical and spelling errors have been made. Corrections to factual errors, updates or comments on the information are enclosed either in [square brackets] or are clearly indicated as updates in the text.. Since the surveys were conducted in the Summer of 2004, the information reflects that time period unless otherwise noted. Because the South Shore Estuary Survey report format is not entirely consistent with the original Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/Town of Brookhaven survey formats, there are a few additional fields on this page not found on the original forms. The original South Shore Estuary Survey Report is available as a PDF document by clicking on the below.

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


Murdock-Grodeski House

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

Inventory Code:   Br16.1.5-S 
Prepared Date:   2004-06-02 
Last Modified:   1970-01-01 
Submitter Name:   Jayme Breschard
Submitter Address:   382 Main Street

Port Washington, NY 11050  
Organization:   Long Island Traditions, Inc
1-Building/Site Name:   Murdock-Grodeski House 
2a-County:   Suffolk    2b-Town:   Brookhaven    2c-Village:   Hamlet of Brookhaven
3-Street Location:    
 4a-Public    4b-Private
5a-Present Owner:   David Ebner (2004) 5b-Address:   5 Newey Ln.

6a-Original:   Residence

6b-Present:   Residence

 7a-Visible From Road

 7b-Interior Accessible
7b-Interior Comment:   By appointment
Architectural Style:   
  Greek Revival, with early twentieth century and modern alteratio  
  The building at 5 Newey Lane sits on the east side of Newey Lane. Two outbuildings are located in the rear (east) lot. The larger structure is front-gabled with a concrete block foundation, flat roof addition, and clad with painted wood shingles. It has paired one-over-one double-hung sash windows, two half-glazed roll-up garage doors, and a metal corrugated panel roof. The smaller structure has a shed roof with a dropped secondary roof, vertical board siding, casement windows, and an asphalt shingle roof.  
Decorative Features: 
  gable louvers, vertical plank shutters, and metal awnings  
Building Materials 



 8d-Board & Batten



8-Other:   painted wood shingle, sawed, coursed
Structural System
 9a-Wood Frame Interlocking Joints    9b-Wood Frame Light Members:   9c-Masonry:
9d-Metal Comment:   
 9e-Other Comment:   
Roof Style: 
  cross-gabled roof with hipped-roof façade addition  
Roofing Materials: 
  asphalt shingle, plain  
concrete block  
  Chicago window, frieze band (eyebrow), paired one-over-one double-hung sash, and six-over-six double-hung sash windows  
  north elevation and rear (east) entries, both with metal awnings  
  exterior painted concrete block end-wall chimney on rear (east) elevation  
   10a-Excellent   10b-Good   10c-Fair    10d-Deteriorated
  11a-Original Site  11b-Moved If so, when?
11c-Alterations:   There is a one-story façade (west) addition with half- hipped roof that wraps around to the south elevation of the building.  «»
[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:   
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:   ca. 1880  
Historic and Architectural Importance
20-Importance:   According to the 1888 Atlas of the Towns of Babylon, Islip and the South Part of Brookhaven [and the 1915 E. Belcher Hyde map of Brookhaven Hamlet], William Murdock resided in the building presently located at 5 Newey Lane. Robert H. Lyons III, current Bellport Village Trustee, remembered Bill Murdock from his youth as a bayman.

In addition, current homeowner, David Ebner, stated that Stanley Grodeski, a boat carpenter who worked with Captain Samuel W. Newey in his shipyard, lived in this residence. Grodeski was still building boats in 1968 when Stephanie S. Bigelow’s book, Bellport and Brookhaven: A Saga of the Sibling Hamlets at Old Purchase South, was published [in 1968.]

[Current homeowner David Ebner is a well known artist specializing in woodworking and furniture.]

21-Sources: Beers, F.W. Atlas of Long Island (1873).

Bigelow, Stephanie S. Bellport and Brookhaven: A Saga of the Sibling Hamlets at Old Purchase South. Bellport, NY: Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, 1968.

Gottfried, Herbert and Jan Jennings. American Vernacular Design, 1870-1940. New York: Van Norstrand Reinhold, 1985.

Lyons, Robert H. III, interview by author, Jayme Breschard. Telephone interview, 14 July 2004.

Wendelkyn & Co. Atlas of the Towns of Babylon, Islip and the South Part of Brookhaven. 1888.

[E. Belcher Hyde map of Brookhaven Hamlet, 1915.] «»

22-Theme:   Residential  
Prepared By: 
  John Deitz  
Supplemental Material: