The following is an architectural description of 5 St Josephs Terrace, as printed in the Building Structure Inventory Report, issued by the New York State Historic Trust, Office of Parks and Recreation, August 1974.

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This massive brownstone with basement has a monumental entry step treatment that leads to a stone semi-circular arched doorway with keystone. The entrance itself has a single wooden door, sidelights, and transom. Stringcourses occur at all floors, and a double window and under-step entry appear at ground level. The large first-floor window has a semi-circular arched transom and a stone header with keystone. The second floor window treatment includes: a wooden oriel window with organically detailed stone base, three single double hung 1/1 windows with stained glass transoms, and a dentilated cornice; and a single double hung 1/1 window with a semi-circular arched stained glass transom (all of which is framed in stone.) Small buttress-like elements divide the massive roof cornice into two bays. The right bay has a paneled frieze with roundel eyebrow window and parapet. The left bay also has a paneled frieze with an ornately detailed roundel eyebrow window with keystone and parapet.