His desire was realized in this delightfully garish building that architecture critic Montgomery Schuyler described as the “most questionable and question-provoking edifice in the guise of an apartment house.” Schuyler had many more choice expressions for the design, writing that the building was so loud that “even the color blind cannot chose but to hear,” and that riding north by streetcar you would “be jerked awake when you passed a building like this.”