Monday, August 8, 2011
'The Oaks', originally named 'Masquetux' and built for Henry Baldwin Hyde by Calvert Vaux c. 1874 in Bay Shore and later owned by Hyde's son James Hazen Hyde. The elder Hyde was president of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. James Hazen Hyde was vice-president of the same company and vice-president of the National Bank of Commerce. The stick-style house was significantly altered by the younger Hyde c. 1900 and sold a few years later to Louis Bossert. Bossert was the builder and owner of the Hotel Bossert in Brooklyn Heights as well as president of Bossert Lumber Co. and Louis Bossert & Sons, Brooklyn (sash manufacturers). The house is extant but has been significantly altered to serve as the clubhouse for the Southward Ho Golf Course. Click HERE to see the property on bing.