I was born and raised on W 33rd Street and Surf Avenue. Growing up in the early 1970′s there was a large brick house along the boardwalk, which was razed to make way for the Sea Bay Manor, the nursing home on 33rd Street. I recall the building being called the “Jefferson House” but don’t know what it’s origins were. I remember being about 4 years old and being inadvertently pelted by debris being tossed out of the windows by the wreckers who were clearing out the building before it was destroyed.
PS: My family lived in building 1 of O’dwyer Gardens, first on the 13th floor, then the 8th floor. My mother still lives there.
The building was Jefferson Baths, a bathhouse and summer resort built around 1910. The establishment had rental lockers, a tree-lined courtyard, bungalows, summer apartments, and a bar on the boardwalk. The complex was demolished in 1970. It was one of Coney’s “presidential” bathhouses: Lincoln Baths was on West 32nd; Roosevelt Baths was on West 30th; Washington Baths was on West 21st.