Where Was This Historical Photo Taken in Port Jefferson?

Guess where this historical photo of Port Jefferson was taken.

This photo taken by Robert S. Feather depicts an important Port Jefferson village institution both then and now. The image was printed on a postcard from village historian Kenneth Brady's collection and dates back to the early 20th century.

Can you guess what building is in this picture? Put your guess in the comments below. Check back on Saturday for the answer.

Haig August 22, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Almost looks like the high school
Ctop248 August 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Mather Hospital
KimP August 23, 2012 at 06:36 AM
It could be Mather Hospital... I haven't been in awhile but the original building and front entrance is perfectly preserved as a courtyard inside the current Mather Hospital. I believe it was part of the Mather legacy that the original would be preserved within the current structure... It's a blast from the past to walk into a modern hospital and see a lovely historic courtyard behind the glass walls!
george moraitis August 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM
I know where this is....Built on the property once owned by Capt. John Kelly in the late 20s. My Grandfather, Louis Poulos, was part of the labor crew. My mother was born across the street at Gorden.s Maternity Hospital in 1926, since Mather Hospital was not built as yet. However, I was born there in 1951. The Maternity ward was in the far right section of the building. But, I did not make it there..The story goes... My Uncle Steve Poulos came to visit his ailing Mother-in-Law and saw my mother on a gurney to the right in the main hall. He saw her there and asked why she was there..."I'm having the baby"...she said. He continued to see his Mother-in-Law upstairs. When he returned, He saw my mother still there in the hall. Asked about her condition and why she was still there...she replied.."Oh, I already had him"...My mother had walked from our home on Lincoln Ave off Hallock to Mather in labor...(since, we had no car in 1951) and I was born in the hall, right there on the 'black & white' tile area..(the tiles are still there) before Dr. Feinberg got there.....I have shown my children & soon G/children where I was born....
george moraitis August 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Actually she was born in 1927. It was my Uncle Steve Poulos who was born in 1926...
Mary Grace Lintz August 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I was born there, too. But way back in 1942. My Dad, Tom Caggiano, was Mather's first Chief Pharmacist. Mary Grace (Caggiano) Lintz
george moraitis August 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I remember 'Caggiano Drug Store' on Main St.upper Port...I think, It had a 'soda fountain' counter..where you can get 'Coke' syrup . {of course, please correct me, if wrong...}
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON August 23, 2012 at 05:44 PM
High school definately
Dave August 24, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Old high school, middle school on high street?
June Kelly August 25, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Love this story George. I was born there in 1948 and my sister Linda was born there also in 1952. June Stein Kelly
June Kelly August 25, 2012 at 07:48 PM
George is right it is Mather Hospital.
Lenora Dogett Chaimowitz August 25, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Mather Hospital! I had my tonsils out there 1957. Our physician was Dr. Rulon. I don't know if he did the surgery but probably back then he did.
george moraitis August 26, 2012 at 03:42 AM
My too...tonsils were taken there...by Dr. Feinberg...
June Kelly August 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Me too George Dr. Feinberg took my tonsils out in about 1953. PS my sister was born in 1951 not 52.
June Kelly August 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I too remember Caggiano's drug store. Ahh the good ol' days.
Ctop248 August 26, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Caggiano's,Whelan's drug store, Fred's barber shop, McCuen"s Hardware store, Links's Cleaner's,Flower Bocks,DeMico's Pizza,Station Deli,The Country diner. Thats when upper Port was part of the town, not the run down,neglected haven for the homeless, gangs & drug dealer's that it is now. And now they want to build a 4 story apartment building for low income housing. Just what the area needs to classify it as a true ghetto.
george moraitis August 27, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I remember the the Sabatino Bros at Whelan's Drugs...(Peter & Barbara are still there, Port Jeff Army & Navy)...and McEwing Bros. Hardware...Joe & his sister, Rose at the pizza shop..My cousin, Jim (Poulianos) Poulos had a jewelery shop by the pizza shop... Yes, i agree, for the stores that are there...It does need cleaning up.... In the late 50s...i was able to walk pass there all the down to another cousin's store.'Caraftis Bait/Boat Rentals .....Now, forget it!.....I won't think anymore of walking the LIRR tracks to the our church on Sheep Pasture Rd...never know who you will find on the way...
Mels Ditties August 27, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Thats when upper Port was part of the town ,,,,,Really?...There actually such a time?....Musta been so nice.... FYI, the proposed apt building is 3 stories and NOT (repeat NOT) low income housing...The target market group is young professionals, Stony Brook teachers, grad students....Naive as it may be, I sincerely hope that this project may actually be THE start of a true re-vitalization of UP (Upper Port).....
June Kelly August 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Mels, So glad you set that straight. I was sad to hear some of the negative comments about upper PJ. I don't think it is quite as bad as some wrote. Yes it is definately needs some TLC and the powers that be are working on that. I hope you are right that the re-vitalization being is THE start of a new UP.


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