Well, I’ve heard of Long Island Duckling, but not until my friend Charlie (who can identify himself further in the comments, if he likes) sent me a collection of links had I heard of the Long Island Duck or The Big Duck. The pictures are great, but this duck has quite a story and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Duck farmer Martin Maurer built this 20-ft. high, 30-ft. long, concrete-over-wooden frame “duck” in 1931 to use it as a shop. It now seems to be a County Park or National Park. It seems she gets seriously decorated at Christmas time.
Maurer drew his inspiration from similar structures he had seen in California, particularly a building shaped like a giant coffeepot. Maurer patented his creation, and in the world of architecture, any building shaped like its product is referred to as a “duck.”