It continued to serve as a residence to the same level of clientele after Adolf Steeg purchased it in 1909. Steeg was a wine merchant who lived in the owner’s section of the building with his wife Florentina, daughter and son-in-law, Mollie and Nathan M. Friedman, along with their children Edna and Monroe. Four servants from Bohemia tended to the family while Florentina had the task of overseeing the boarders. Those renting included 16 individuals in 1910 several of whom were involved in the clothing industry and others who were bank clerks, stock brokers, actuaries, one professional pianist, and a jewelry store owner.
By far the greatest asset to the building aside from its income is the beautiful design by the Jardine brothers and construction by Deeves. David, the senior member of the Jardine firm, along with his brother John were born in Scotland and learned the architect trade from their father. Arriving in the states at the age of 22, David came to design some of New York’s greatest buildings including The Alpine Building (demolished, 1910), the synagogue at Lexington Avenue and Sixty-third street and the Wilbraham.
While the architecture is impressive enough, discovering more about the builder was beyond compare. Richard Deeves resided in the mirror building at 58 West 83rd with his wife, Margaret, along with extended family members of nieces, nephews, and grandnieces. Deeves had been in business over 15 years when 60 West 83rd was built. In 1894 he celebrated 25 years in the business by hosting a dinner at the Lotus Club. He was credited with building some of the “finest architectural structures in the world” including Temple Court, that amazing structure built for investor Eugene Kelly one of the attendees at the dinner that evening; the Navarro Central Park apartment house (demolished, 1920) a beautiful structure twice the size of the Dakota started by Jose F. De Navarro; and numerous houses on the west side on Manhattan Square. These credentials make the building at 60 West 83rd Street a gem with a history of the finest making.
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