The 22-foot-wide, brick-faced house at 22 East 13th Street was completed around 1845. Located midway between Fifth Avenue and University Place, it was just a block south of mansion-lined Union Square. Three stories tall above a high English basement, its Italianate design originally featured a handsome entrance surround and a bracketed metal cornice. It was home to the well-to-do Phillips family. Lewis Phillips was secretary of the Manhattan Fire Insurance Company at 68 Wall Street, and Theodore F. Phillips operated a silk goods business at 29 Liberty Street.
The entire Furniture contained in said house, consisting in part of Mahogany Sofas, Chairs, Quartette Tables, Sofa Tables with Egyptian Marble tops, Ormolu Girandoles, Hat-stands.
Wanted--By two young women, situations; one as chambermaid and waiter, or to do chamberwork and plain sewing; the other as seamstress; can cut and fit children's dresses.