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William Floyd Estate's "Old Mastic House"

1859 Katherine Floyd Dana sketch of Old Mastic House: "Silent Dawn"
Sketch of the Old Mastic House in September 1859 by Katherine Floyd Dana.
 
Floor plan of three room house.

1724: Floor plan of first floor of Nicoll Floyd's house at Mastic.

The House at Mastic

When Nicoll Floyd first arrived in Mastic in the 1720s, he built a two-story, shingled, wood framed house with three rooms on each floor. It was designed for expansion; and as his wealth and family grew—his 9th child was born in 1748—the house grew as well.

 
Floor plan of eight room house.

1750 - 1760 First Floor Plan with first and second increments of enlargement.

Between the 1750s and 1760s, Nicoll Floyd added two increments to the original construction. On the east side of the house, a kitchen, servants entry and a bedroom were added. To the west, he added a hall and another bedroom.

 
Floor plan of ten room house.

1790s First Floor Plans with third increment of enlargement.

When William Floyd returned to Mastic after the Revolutionary War, he enlarged the house, making it suitable for entertaining national leaders, such as his political allies Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

The West Wing, containing the Plantation Office, added at this time, was removed by 1843.

 
Floor plan of thirteen room house.

1857 First Floor Plan showing fourth increment of enlargement.

In 1857, John G. Floyd, Sr. restyled the front of the house, adding the large porch, the cornice, and other details in the Greek Revival style.

He also remodeled the East Wing from a kitchen into a bedroom suite—with the home's first bath—and built a new wing wing on the northeast side for a kitchen, laundry and larder sheds.

 
Floor plan of sixteen room house.

1898 First Floor Plan showing fifth increment of enlargement.

In 1898, John G. Floyd, Jr. added a wing on the northwest side to help accommodate the many guests visiting the family during their summer retreats from New York City.

The new northwest wing included a hallway, sitting room and bath.

 
Floor plan showing eighteen room house.

1920-30s Floor Plan showing sixth increment of enlargement.

In 1920s, Cornelia Floyd Nichols enlarged the northwest wing to accommodate a modern kitchen and expanded the Dining Room, and added a porch to the rear of the wing.

Did You Know?

Man reads interpretive sign in front of remnants of brick foundation.

The first Fire Island Lighthouse was built at the end of Fire Island in 1826. Today, the Fire Island Inlet is more than five miles west of this foundation. You can see the remnants of the first structure when you visit the present lighthouse, constructed in 1858. More...