Merritt's somewhat quirky row was designed in the up-to-date Queen Anne style. Clad in brick with stone trim, the three-story houses did not happily co-exist, but fought one another for attention. When The Architectural Record critic Montgomery Schuyler reviewed the row, he likened it to the "reign of terror."
Merritt gave No. 42 a cottage-like feel. A dog-legged stoop faced in rough cut brownstone led to the narrow double doored entrance. Between it and the parlor window a terra cotta held an elaborate Celtic knot of leaves and bands. Above a thin course of stone, the second and third floors rose to a faux gable decorated in checkerboard tiles.
|The outline of the original window is evident. It is hard to imagine that two entrance doors originally filled the doorway.|
|The Walshes escaped the city heat and humidity at the Surf Hotel. from the collection of the Library of Congress|
|In the early 1940's the parlor window, stoop and gable tilework were all intact. via the NYC Dept of Records & Information Services|