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Peter Ostrander

Thanks for the articles and photos.  I totally agree the house was older than 1910. You could tell just by looking at the construction and style. Having been inside a few times there was no doubt.

For anyone doing research on a private house in NYC needs to be aware that the City Real Estate records are notoriously wrong.  Many older homes show a  build date of 1920 or as in this case 1910.  They seem to have been a guess on the part of the records department when the files were created.  My own house has a 1920 build date while it can be found on older maps as early as 1884, I  still don’t know  the actual build date.  This is very similar to the Bowie Dash house build misinformation above.