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

End of An Era

 
 
End of An Era Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2015
1. End of An Era Marker
Inscription.  
The Hamlet changed drastically and quickly in the early 20th century, but things began to slow after Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency came to an end in 1909. His impact, however, would continue to shape Oyster Bay for years to come, even after his passing.

The period following Theodore Roosevelt’s death in 1919 was marked by a wave of improvements throughout the Hamlet, some with the intention to memorialize him, others with the desire to improve the quality or character of the downtown, and in many cases both. There were building improvements throughout the downtown, the renovation of Christ Church in 1925, and the dedication of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in 1928, to name a few.
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Oyster Bay was also chosen as the seat of government for all of the Town of Oyster Bay, spanning from the north shore to the south and encompassing 36 villages and hamlets, in 1930. The Town Clerk’s office, built in 1902, was greatly expanded on, adding a second story and a mirrored wing to the north. Town Hall has since expanded with the acquisition of the old Lyric Theater in 1973, which was renovated
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to serve as additional governmental offices.
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Other cosmetic changes came through the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. A new U.S. Post Office was constructed in 1936. The structure was designed to look like the newly expanded Town Hall on the opposite side of the public park. The post office was decorated with four sculptures by the Italian-born sculptor Leo Lentelli, and features six murals depicting Oyster Bay history from 1653 to 1936.
 
Erected by Oyster Bay Main Street Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list.
 
Location. 40° 52.408′ N, 73° 31.941′ W. Marker is in Oyster Bay, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is at the intersection of Shore Avenue and Audrey Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Shore Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oyster Bay NY 11771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Theodore Roosevelt (a few steps from this marker); Oyster Bay Honor Roll (a few steps from this marker); Oyster Bay Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Maine Memorial
End of An Era Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2015
2. End of An Era Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Trophy Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); The great chain hoax . . . . (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Culper Spy Ring (about 500 feet away); Raynham Hall Museum (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oyster Bay.
 
More about this marker. Three photographs appear on the right side of the marker. The top one features the south entrance of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Below this is an early photo of the Oyster Bay Town Hall. The last photograph depicts the Town Hall after renovations.
 
Marker in Oyster Bay image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 6, 2015
3. Marker in Oyster Bay
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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