Birchwood Park Homes Collection

Birchwood Park Collection Finding Aid.pdf

The Birchwood Park Collection Finding Aid (PDF)

Birchwood Garden Homes, a residential development in North Valley Stream, was founded by brothers-in-law Herbert Sadkin and Morris Sosnow, along with their friend Leonard R. Schwartz as construction engineer. On May 11, 1950, a map was filed for a residential development in Valley Stream, New York, named Birchwood Park. Around this time, Mr. Sadkin and Mr. Sosnow dissolved their partnership, Mr. Sadkin retained the Birchwood Gardens trade name, Mr. Sosnow adopted the trade name “Birchwood Park” and Mr. Schwartz became Mr. Sosnow’s partner.

The Birchwood Park Homes Collection documents the forty-seven developments totaling 12,000 homes this home builder built on Long Island between 1948 and 1995. In Nassau County, it built twenty-two developments totaling 4,500 homes in the townships of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay. In Suffolk County, it built twenty-five developments totaling 7,500 homes in the townships of Babylon, Huntington, Islip, Smithtown and Brookhaven. This collection also includes Birchwood Park’s shopping centers and office buildings on Long Island, apartment buildings in New York City, and developments in New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.

The collection is composed of Birchwood Park Homes advertisements, brochures, photographs, and clippings.