Stephen and Charles Smith House
Address450 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn Harbor
When Stephen and Marinda Smith acquired this property in 1850, the eastern side of Hempstead Harbor was relatively undeveloped. By 1859, the Walling Map identifies two houses, close together, as belonging to "S. Smith" and "Capt. Smith," both within close proximity to this lot. Stephen Smith was undoubtedly one of these two men and architectural evidence, such as the 1863 patent stamp on the window locks, provides clear evidence of a mid-19th century construction date.
The identity of the builder, Stephen Smith, remains something of a mystery, although records indicate a Capt. Stephen Smith "sailed every Monday from the grist mill in Roslyn, sometimes going as far as Albany to get lumber for William Hicks' lumber yard."