John Reynard Todd and Henry Clay Irons were classmates at Princeton University, graduating in 1889. The two formed the law firm of Irons & Todd at 320 Broadway. But young Irons saw opportunity in real estate devlopment. Decades later, The New York Times wrote that Todd "was prevailed upon by a friend, Henry Clay Irons, to aid in completing a half-finished apartment house of which the promoter had become insolvent. The two had the structure completed, rented it and subsequently sold it at a profit."
I have been intending to write you ever since I left New York to express my sincere appreciation to you for doing so much to preserve my life. I have no doubt that it was your skilled surgery and your genuine concern that brought me from a very low ebb to a healthy body again. Your thoughtful and considerate concern will remain dear to me so long as the cords of memory shall lengthen.
Although the Rochambeau has lost a portion of its cornice, and the ground floor masonry has been unnecessarily painted, it still retains the distinguished presence that attracted well-to-do residents in 1899.