This circa-1864 structure, "one of a few surviving frame houses in Harlem which date from the period in the city's history when Harlem was still a rural village", is said to feature one of New York's earliest mansard roofs, predating by a few years "the mansard mania of 1868 to 1873 [which] swept over New York with a peculiar incandescence, but then went out like a guttering candle." (The roof is referred to as a mansard by many architectural sources more knowledgeable than me, but I don't think that is an accurate description, as the roof does not appear to be hipped.) You can see a couple of old photos of this building, as well as one interior shot, here.
this could be the inspiration for Virginia Lee Burton’s “The Little House”, beloved by so many kids but how great that this one is in its original location. A beautiful house….