The Heyday of townhouse construction along Riverside was dwindling by 1909. It would make sense that the townhouses came first and large apartment buildings, like 410 Riverside Drive, came after. What I am suggesting is that the two townhouses just north of 410 Riverside Drive were built while the Noakes House was still there. the Noakes house sat in the center (or there about) of the property. 410 Riverside was built right up to the property line, thus obliterating the view and the use of this bay window. This sort of thing has happened before, it continues to happen now and will continue in the future.
This is detail of the 1916 map. The little triangular building next to the yellow strip (indicating a wood frame building) is the home today of Samad's Delicatessen. The two buildings to the north sit in the foot print of what was once upon a time known as Asylum Lane. The site of Columbia University was once the home the The Bloomingdale Insane Asylum of New York Hospital. Having started in lower Manhattan and opening up here in 1821, New York Hospital began buying land in this area in 1811. This location was chosen for the asylum as it was believed that the rural setting and farm work was therapeutic. Not long after, the Leak & Watts orphanage buys a piece of land from New York Hospital and opens in 1843. Eventually they sell their land to the Episcopal Church for what will become Saint John the Divine - but that is another story.
The Asylum Lane was an off shoot of the old Bloomingdale Road, a road that was eventually conformed, in parts, to the street grid of 1811. Originally the lane started near the Hudson River at what is now 111th street as there had been a ferry boat landing.
This is looking north from what is now 112th street and Riverside Drive. The gate in the background on the right of the man seated, on what appears to be a pipe, I believe is the gate to what was then probably a private home but eventually the Saint Christopher Home and later the Hudson Terrace Inn. Just to the left of the surveyor is the entrance to the Noakes property.
This is 1879 and Riverside Avenue, as it was briefly called, was going to be the next millionaire's row rivaling Fifth Avenue. It did not quite happen as hoped for. The institutions in the area as well as the New York Central tracks along the Hudson did not help. There were other factors as well, some having to do with wanting to remain where the Astors, Vanderbilts, Carnegie's and the like had established their homes. Other factors were less obvious but anti - Semitic attitudes of the day prevailed. The undeveloped west side was were wealthy Jews could buy, or have built for them, homes. Again, another story but look at the names of the architects working on the West Side at the turn of the century and look at the names of those working on the east side at the same stime. You would never see the Blum Brothers, Schwartz and Gross or even Gaetan Aijello working on the east side back then.
The construction and opening of this avenue was delayed by the numerous lawsuits involving land ownership and eminent domain laws. Wealthy individual landowners along the what became the drive disputed with the city about where their land ended and where the city could build it's road.