The court yard is surrounded by houses dating from 1820's. It was the setting for O. Henry's novel, "The last leaf", about an ailing young woman and a failing artist. It was made into a movie "O. Henry's Full House" in 1952.
This brick building occupied almost a block. The original builder used left-over defected bricks from the brick yard to build the complex. It actually adds certain charm to the building. The money he saved, he used it to build this charming court yard.