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Freeport in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Miracle House 1906

 
 
Miracle House 1906 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2018
1. Miracle House 1906 Marker
Inscription. Built in one day to spite a competitors efforts in a real estate development race. This forever changed the layout of Lena Avenue and added Wilson Place.
 
Erected 1999 by Landmarks Preservation Commission.
 
Location. 40° 39.673′ N, 73° 35.528′ W. Marker is in Freeport, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is at the intersection of West Lena Avenue and Wilson Place, on the right when traveling west on West Lena Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Freeport NY 11520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kelby House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Exempt Firehouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Village Hall - 1928 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Water and Power (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Public School in Freeport (approx. 0.6 miles away); Trubia Rifle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Freeport Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Freeport Bank (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Freeport.
 
Also see . . .
1. Spite House (Wikipedia). "A spite house is a building constructed or substantially modified to irritate neighbors or any party with land stakes. Spite houses may create obstructions, such as blocking out light or blocking access to neighboring buildings, or can be flagrant symbols of defiance. Because long-term occupation is at best a secondary consideration, spite
Miracle House 1906 Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2018
2. Miracle House 1906 Marker - wide view
The marker is located at the junction of Lena Avenue and Wilson Place, with the spite house visible on the left, although mostly obscured by trees.
houses frequently sport strange and impractical structures....

Also in the 19th century, a Freeport, New York, developer who opposed all of Freeport being laid out in a grid, put up a Victorian house virtually overnight on a triangular plot at the corner of Lena Avenue and Wilson Place to spite the grid designers. The Freeport Spite House is still standing and occupied." (Submitted on November 28, 2018.) 

2. A Freeport house with quirky history (Newsday, 11/27/2014). "A quirky piece of Freeport's history is on the market for $449,000. The turn-of-the-last-century house is known as the Miracle House, as it was built in one day by developer John Randall. With a rival developer planning to extend Lena Avenue west, Randall decided to swoop in and build the two-story house, a so-called "spite house," to thwart the project. He also had workers extend the street on an angle....Randall "maintains that a straight line would reduce his frontage of land so as to make it worthless," wrote The Brooklyn Daily Eagle on March 5, 1902." (Submitted on November 28, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings

 
The Freeport Miracle Spite House image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2018
3. The Freeport Miracle Spite House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 28, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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