In its January 16, 1886 issue, The Record & Guide commented on the work of architect James Brown Lord, saying his groups of town houses "seem to diversify the monotonous architecture of the city street." Some of those rows had been designed for developer Charles T. Barney. The men worked together several times and the following year embarked on two more projects.
...had lived sumptuously, with a kitchen in the basement, a pantry for the butler, maids' rooms on the top floor, a formal dining room overlooking a garden, a parlor full of mirrors, bedrooms with dressing rooms and luxurious bathrooms on the second floor. Past bourgeois comfort was still visible in the elaborate lamps, rugs, and mirrors...My mother and my two brothers and I all slept in what was once the dining room. We washed our faces in what was once the pantry, and used what was once the servants' shower next to the kitchen in the basement.