The Hatch residence is a distinctive example of townhouse design from the period Immediately following the First World War. It was commissioned by Barbara Rutherford Hatch, a recently married young New York socialite, and designed by Frederick J. Sterner, an architect who had become well-known for his fashionable remodeling of 19th-century New York townhouses.
Sterner created a new townhouse for Mrs. Hatch, which contrasts with its older traditional brownstone neighbors, and which in the early 1910s must have seemed quite “modern.” Today, this handsome structure with its red tile roof and restrained stucco facade still commands attention, while at the same time it harmonizes gracefully with its surroundings.
STATUS Designated Individual Landmark
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