In 1898 A History of Real Estate, Building and Architecture in New York City noted that George C. Edgar's Sons & Co. "has, to a great extent been instrumental in building up the West Side from 69th street to 95th street." The article estimated the firm had built 175 private houses "of a substantial type," and added "The best example of their work is No. 228 West 72d street, a house which has few peers, and none better in that section of the city."
That 25-foot-wide brownstone residence had been designed by Gilbert A Schellenger and completed a year earlier. Above its understated parlor level above the high brownstone stoop was a swelled bay, two floors tall. The underside was decorated with elaborate foliate carvings and it was crowned with a striking bronze railing. The recessed openings of the fourth floor were outlined by delicate picture frame-like molding and separated by paired free-standing Corinthian columns. A robust cast iron cornice a frieze completed the design.
|The basement level had sprouted a storefront by 1941. NYC Dept of Records & Information Services
On March 9, 1937 the jury acquitted Carey Phelan of all charges. Dejected, Bea Gottleib went home and swallowed a box of sleeping powder mixed with whiskey. When her attorney was unable to contact her, he called the police who found her unconscious at around 11:15 that night. Two days later doctors announced her condition had greatly improved.