My great great grandfather, Wm. Tecumseh Sherman, lived at
#75 W. 71st Streetfrom 1888 or 9 until his death. Somewhere on the internet my amateur historian brother-in-law found a drawing of the house as it looked at that time, one of those noble Victorian jobs, with a curved walkway leading to the high stoop (three steps up, landing, turn right, maybe six steps up to the front door. There is a basement floor with two barred windows and there are four stories above. The windows on the entrance level are taller than those on the three higher floors, if the drawing is accurate. This is for sure not the building at number 75 W. 71st at present. Trying to match the drawing to the remaining houses of the period, we suspect that the house may not even even have been on the north side of the street, as the odd numbers are now. Can you tell me which house was the General’s, if it still stands or even if it doesn’t, and when and why the renumbering occurred?
"Streetscapes" Columnist, Sunday Real Estate Section, The New York Times