In 1853 businessman and inventor Thaddeus Hyatt purchased a parcel of land from Trinity Church on the south side of Morton Street, between Hudson and Bedford Streets. The following year he completed construction on four especially handsome brick and brownstone homes stretching from No. 46 through 52.
To Let--House No. 52 Morton-st., near Hudson; well arranged for a select private Boarding House; partly furnished; will be sold at a bargain. Inquire of Dr. Trall, No. 15 Laight-st.
|Shepard used Russell Trall's name as a reference in his advertisements. The Water-Cure Journal, May 1859 (copyright expired)|
Shepard and his wife had six sons and one daughter. Later The Phrenological Journal said "He traveled abroad extensively to familiarize himself with the working of the Turkish Bath in other countries, and made it his life work to demonstrate to his countrymen the advantages of the Turkish Bath in America."
At this establishment Invalids can have the advantage of Kinesipathy, or Swedish Movement Cure, combined with all necessary Water-Cure appliances. Mrs. C. H. Shepard, M.D., assists in the treatment of ladies. Our success during the past year has been highly gratifying.
|This photograph of Dr. Trall was taken around the time he moved into the Morton Street house. original source unknown|
It was a short-term arrangement and in 1864 the family of William G. Robinson was living in the house. Robinson's dry goods business was on Broadway. Henry Robinson was in the flour business on Whitehall Street, and William, Jr. was a clerk.
|Joseph Gifford as he appeared at the time he lived in the Morton Street house. from the collection of the University of Washington Library|
In May 1960 the house was purchased by Jeanne Denny. In reporting on the sale The Villager noted it contained eight "non-housekeeping apartments." The term meant that the apartments had no kitchens. The article added, "The new owner plans to do extensive rehabilitation by making Class 'A' apartments and a duplex for her occupancy."