McComb, who would become famous for designing landmarks like New York's City Hall and Gracie Mansion, provided Watson with a superb merchant-class home worthy of his status. Watson, a Yale graduate, was not only a successful importer and exporter, he was a New York State Senator, a Speaker of the New York State Assembly and a Federal Senator.
Photograph NYPL Collection
In the spring of 2010 restoration began on the facade under the direction of Easton Architects, LLP. Seventeen coats of paint have been removed from wooden trims to determine original colors. It is the last surviving residence of the Federal Period in the Financial District. When the restoration is completed the home should look as it did when Moses Rogers first combined the two houses in 1806.