Developer David H. King hired 3 architectural firms to design middle class "striver" housing on 138th and 139th Streets, between Frederick Douglass Blvd. and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. Construction was 1891-1893. King had built the 1889 New York Times Bldg. and the base of the Statue of Liberty. The red brick and brownstone buildings on the south (even-numbered) side of West 138th Street and at 2350-2354 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard were designed by James Brown Lord in the Georgian Revival style.