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These Houses Once Belonged to a Prominent NYC Family

Welcome back to Cornerspotter, Curbed's game in which you try to identify the location of a particular building or streetscape in a historic photograph. Impress us and your fellow Curbed readers with your uncanny insight into New York City and its past!

Shown here in the mid-20th century, this pair of houses belonged to a member of one of New York City's most famous families. They were photographed not long before their owner died, which was not long before they were demolished. Today, unsurprisingly, the houses have been replaced by larger and less attractive buildings. Who owned them and where were they located?
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