|An elegant split staircase rose to the entrance. Miller's New York As It Is, 1872|
Charles Maverick Parker was married to Cornelia Vanderburgh on May 16, 1826 in Troy, New York. Both families traced their roots to old Dutch settlers. The couple would have four children, only one of whom, James, born on December 15, 1830, would survive to adulthood. In 1853 Parker was listed as "gentleman" in directories, indicating that he had sufficient wealth to dispense with the necessity of a profession.
In her 1911 book As I Remember, Marian Gouveneur recalled "Fifty years ago, more or less, a house was erected in New York on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Fifteenth Street by Mrs. Charles Maverick Parker." The author referred to it as Mrs. Parker's house, since the deeds to domestic property in the 19th century were almost always placed in the name of the wife.
|Abraham Hosier depicted the house in a watercolor in the last quarter of the 19th century. from the collection of the Museum of the City of New York|
|Members in evening dress attend a reception. The New York Times October 10, 1915 (copyright expired)|