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Cornerspotted: William Watts Sherman Home at 838 Fifth Ave.

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The Gilded Age mansion featured in this week's cornerspotter did indeed belong to William Watts Sherman and his wife Sophia Augusta Brown (whose surname so generously lends itself to the eponymous Rhode Island university). The building stood adjacent to Central Park at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 65th Street (h/t Ferryboi). Sherman and Brown began constructing the hulking home in 1892, says Daytonian in Manhattan, with Ms. Brown's family money—a detail a concurrent New York Times article did not fail to mention. At the time of its construction, the home was considered "rather ungainly," especially in comparison to Sherman's well-known Rhode Island mansion. The home was eventually demolished in 1950 following Ms. Brown's death.

· Hint: This Gilded Age Mansion Was One of the Last Standing [Curbed]
· The Lost Wm. Watts Sherman Mansion—838 5th Avenue [DiM]
· The William Watts Sherman Mansion, New York City [The Gilded Age Era]
· Cornerspotter archives [Curbed]