By the mid-1850's the Vaneeten family lived in the comfortable brick-faced house at No. 102 West 15th Street (renumbered 138 in 1860). Louis M. Vaneteen was the senior member of the brokerage firm Louis M. Vaneeten & Co. on William Street, and his son August worked as a clerk, quite possibly in his father's firm. When the family moved out in 1860, an auction sale of their high-end furniture hinted on the elegant interiors of the residence. Included were a rosewood piano manufactured by Horace Waters (who, incidentally, also wrote hymns and was a collaborator with Stephen Foster), Brussels carpets, and silver flatware and hollowware. That the area was still developing was evidenced in another item being sold, a "milch cow."
The Greek Revival style Vaneeten house sat upon a high English basement and rose two-and-a-half stories. The understated framing of the entrance featured "ears" just below its cornice, a motif common in Greek Revival houses, although their origins were actually Egyptian. The parlor windows, which extended to the floor, were most likely fronted by a cast iron balcony. Below an oval opening to the right of the entrance, at basement level, was an opening to a horsewalk which led to the rear yard (where that milk cow lived).
Boy wanted for lumber mouldings; public school graduate, living with parents. Address, in own handwriting, John Leslie, 138 West 15th st.