From LLNYC’s Look at Listings: In 1870 work started on a row of houses stretching from No. 30 to No. 50 East 74th Street. They were designed by brothers David and John Jardine.
The Ransom family – Lewis, his wife Phebe, and their children – were No. 34’s first residents. Lewis had a scandal plagued banking career and in 1897 Phebe died in the house. The family lost their home to foreclosure in 1899.
Later, millionaire newspaper executive Harry F. Guggenheim (nephew of Solomon R. Guggenheim, of museum fame) moved in. [more]