1812 The unimproved lot is assessed at $1,000. This was the first year the lot was recorded.
1813 On June 8, Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonality of the City of NY sells nos. 36, 38, and 40 to William and John Lott – dry goods merchants who had stores at 35 Peck Slip and 240 Water Street; it is believed that these two buildings served as warehouses. NYC Directory lists Benjamin Mott as a flour merchant doing business in no. 40 for the years 1813-1816
Improved lot is assessed at $3,200.
1815 Property is assessed at $4,500 (Benjamin Lott, owner).
1816 The Lott brothers begin leasing their buildings.
Property is referred to as a loft and assessed at $6,000 – Benjamin Lott, owner.
1817 Peck Slip is filled in and paved. Property is assessed at $6,000 – Benjamin Lott, owner.
1833 Joseph J. O’Donohue (1833-1897) born in the building; one of the leading coffee and tea merchants in the city. JJO’D’s father, John O’Donohue was a retail grocer who operated his shop in the storefront of the building at the time JJO’D was born.
1840 J.C. & S. Haviland Flour & Meal doing business in the building.
1851 C.A. Kentish advertises his compounding fertilizer to sell to the MA legislature for $10,000 out of the building.
1852 Ad for the purchase and sale of ground charcoal, oyster shell lime, and other materials at the building. John Slavin, worker at Sandford, Baker & Co. falls from the 3rd floor through a hatchway to the ground floor of the building, leaving him in critical condition. William Perris map identifies the building as a 3rd-class building constructed of brick (see map legend for relevant uses for 3rd-class buildings).
1855 Ad for property rentals by real estate broker, Gilbert Hopkins with an office in the building. Gilbert Hopkins was a partner with Judson Hawley of a grocery store named Hopkins & Hawley, which was located at 233 Front St. 1820-c.1840, at which time they relocated the store to a 5-story warehouse at 229-231 Front St. Hopkins & Hawley leased no. 36 starting in 1827.
1869 Ad for Ed. Wilson and Harris Holcomb, Dealers in Wines and Segars [sic].