This historic house was built in 1852 by the architects and tastemakers of their era, Andrew Jackson Downing and Calvert Vaux, and is one of the only surviving examples of their historic partnership. The home was designed for Downing’s neighbor, David Moore, a lumber dealer whose house here on Broad Street can be seen highlighted within Vaux’s book, “Villas and Cottages” as Design No. 16.
The architects designed it as a square house made of brick that capitalized on the scenic river views from the property. A long drawing room extended across the full width of the back of the house which Vaux stated “from this drawing room the windows open on to a wide, spacious veranda, commanding an extensive view of the Hudson.”
The numerous dormer windows and projecting hoods alongside a covered balcony over the ground-floor bay window imparted what Vaux described as “individuality and completeness to the design.”