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One of the city’s first female architects, Hazel Waterman served as draftsman on the Alice Lee commission and is said to have worked closely on various aspects of the designs with the client and her close companion Katherine Teats. Miss Lee deeded the cottage to the south to Miss Teats, but both women lived in the main house at No. 3574 while renting out the smaller structures. In 1911 and 1912, they commissioned Gill to expand and remodel all three buildings.


Born into a wealthy, influential family, Miss Lee often dined at the White House on her return trips east. She had many notable friends visit her on Seventh Avenue including President and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and Mrs. Grover Cleveland. Although subsequent owners remodeled much of the house in the 1950s and 1960s, the main public areas of the living and dining rooms, remain in mostly intact condition and reflect largely how they appeared during the home’s illustrious early heyday. Of single- wall construction, much of the historic fabric of the home, including interior Douglas fir wood detailing, fireplaces, and brass hardware remain, with key features being unearthed from under decades of remodeling and cosmetic changes. Upon completion the home is likely to once again become one of the finer examples of Gill’s work.


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