Monday, April 19, 2021

No. 2599 - Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger

The late Joan Rivers’ Manhattan penthouse goes on sale for £18,200,000

 

The late, great Joan Rivers’ New York apartment is as lavish in its décor as her tongue was in its acerbic wit. Of it, she once stated: “This is where Marie Antoinette would have lived if she had the money” and now it has placed on the market by her daughter, Melissa, for a price of £18.2 million ($28 million).

 

Originally conceived as one giant mansion for “Gilded Age millionaire” John S. Drexel and his wife Alice in 1903, 1 East 62nd Street was designed by the renowned architect Horace Trumbauer (1868 – 1938). The penthouse – added later – was purchased by Rivers in 1988 and now forms one of just eight apartments in the building.

 

Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger
Joan Rivers at home in 2012

Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger
The lavishly decorated ballroom

Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger
The music room extends off the ballroom

 

Joan Rivers (1933 – 2014) spent lavishly to create her perfect home and is said to have proudly described the décor as being “Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger”. Configured to suit the needs of a wealthy, single woman who liked to entertain, the main part of the residence focuses on a double reception room that combines a ballroom and music room. At approximately 61-foot in length and with ceiling heights of 23-foot, this vast space was where this much celebrated entertainer liked to host a grand Thanksgiving celebration every year.

 

Additional rooms on the entertainment level include a library, dining room and a terrace. On the floor above, Rivers created a luxurious suite for her own occupation complete with a bedroom, a vast walk-in-closet for her lavish collection of clothing, a private terrace overlooking Central Park South and a bathroom in which she is said to have enjoyed painting at an easel that was set out for her. The floor is completed with an area set out to house a member of staff.

 

For guests, a separate set of rooms was created on the lowest level of the triplex. The accommodation includes a dining room, a kitchen and two bedrooms suites. The total floor space of the entire three-level apartment is approximately 5,100 square feet.

 

Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger
The library and dining room

Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger
The apartment benefits from two roof terraces overlooking Central Park

Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger
Rivers told NBC in 2011 that “every woman’s bedroom should look like a bordello”

Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger
The bathroom in which Rivers liked to paint

 

As she wanted to be closer to her daughter, Rivers – who also owned a country house in Litchfield County, Connecticut – tried to sell the apartment in 2009 for £16.3 million ($25 million) but failed to find a buyer. Subsequently, accompanied by Rivers announcing that “this is to placate my business manager”, the penthouse was placed on the market again in 2012 and then 2013 for £19.2 million ($29.5 million). Buyers were told: “Come with a bag full of money, otherwise we’re not going to do it”.

 

The penthouse at 1 East 62nd Street, off Fifth Avenue, is being marketed through Leighton Candler of the Corcoran Group. Whether any buyer will be able to see past Rivers’ opulent tastes in decoration remains to be seen.

 

 

Subscribe to our free once daily email newsletter here:

     

    5e3b97728b2e4bf58c9ff7822befe328?s=96&d=mm&r=g
    The Steeple Times
    We research and background check our articles. If you believe we have made and error in some detail please get in touch, we seek always to write the truth and stand against a press owned by a self selected few. Please help us, we will accept all your likes, subscriptions and anonymous suport. The Editor and his team at the Steeple Times.

    7 COMMENTS

      • As a supposed “Interior decorator” from the “University of Chelsea” no less (?!!!) your remarks on the interiors of Joan Rivers’ apartment are both unprofessional, inaccurate, ignorant and rather tacky……One hopes for the sake of your clients this is not a reflection of your own talents………………………….!

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    Become a Patron of The Steeple Times

    Independent journalism will only remain independent if it is supported by clear-thinking people like you. We each have the command to make a real difference. Join us.

    2,588FansLike
    2,068FollowersFollow
    10,908FollowersFollow

    Subscribe For DAILY NEWS

    Please subscribe, like and share this very British site, it helps us grow. Your data is protected and The Steeple Times will send you an email at noon everyday that we rather trust you will enjoy.

    Advertisement

    Other Stories You May Enjoy

    Hospitality vs. Headbangers 2021 – Hospitality vs. Government – Legal challenge to Boris Johnson’s government’s illogical refusal to allow indoor hospitality venues open whilst allowing indoor retail to be decided on this week.

    No. 1 - Hospitality vs. Headbangers

    Legal challenge to Boris Johnson’s government’s completely illogical refusal to allow indoor hospitality venues to open whilst allowing indoor retail to open to be decided on this week.
    Flattening a Fountain – £12 million for mansion The Fountains, 39 The Bishops Avenue, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, N2 0BA, United Kingdom ($16.6 million, €13.9 million or درهم61 million) with planning permission to demolish and replace through Knight Frank – Boxy “Town Hall classical style” mansion ‘The Fountains’ on infamous The Bishops Avenue, N2 for sale for £3 million less than it listed for in 2012; this time it is destined for flattening.

    No. 2 - Flattening a Fountain

    Boxy “Town Hall classical style” dictator crib ‘The Fountains’ on infamous The Bishops Avenue, N2 for sale for £3 million less than it listed for in 2012; this time it is destined for flattening.
    A BIG Bugatti – £1.55m for 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport – Theodora Ong lusts after a 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport that currently sports the registration plate ‘BIG 3’ – For sale through Graeme Hunt for £1.55 million ($2.14 million, €1.79 million or درهم7.88 million).

    No. 3 - A BIG Bugatti

    Theodora Ong lusts after a £1.55 million 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport that currently sports the registration plate ‘BIG 3’ – but could become ‘BUG 8’
    Don’t Come On Carrie! The nation does NOT need Carrie Symonds – Matthew Steeples argues that Daniel Johnson’s “Come on, Carrie: your country needs you!” call to Boris Johnson’s wine chucking latest baby mama is nothing but claptrap.

    No. 4 - Don’t Come On Carrie!

    Matthew Steeples argues that Daniel Johnson’s “Come on Carrie: your country needs you!” call to Boris Johnson’s wine chucking latest baby mama is nothing but claptrap.
    Theresa’s in the Trough – Theresa May MP’s £1.2m in 2020 – 2021 – Matthew Steeples highlights that it is not just David Cameron who has been sticking his piggy fingers in the trough; Theresa May also ‘pocketed’ over £1.2 million in the last year alone.

    No. 5 - Theresa’s in the Trough

    Matthew Steeples highlights that it is not just David Cameron who has been sticking his piggy fingers in the trough; Theresa May also ‘pocketed’ over £1.2 million in the last year alone.
    The Spectre Shooting Brake – 1 of 1 Rolls-Royce Wraith shooting brake – 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith converted to a shooting brake by automotive genius Niels van Roij for sale for 157% more than it originally cost – Bonhams at their ‘Les Grandes Marques à Monaco’ sale in Monte Carlo on 23rd April 2021 with an estimate of £320,000 to £480,000 ($440,000 to $660,000, €370,000 to €550,000 or درهم1.6 million to درهم2.4 million).

    No. 6 - The Spectre Shooting Brake

    2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith converted to a ‘Spectre’ shooting brake by automotive genius Niels van Roij for sale for 157% more than it originally cost.
    Courting Expletives 2021 – Emma Rivers v Jigsaw Homes Tameside – Extraordinary official civil judgment from the County Court at Manchester packed with expletives sums up the state of once Great Britain; one is simply left wondering if potty mouthed Emma Rivers was trained by the creosoted napkin slapper Dawn Ward.

    No. 7 - Courting Expletives

    Extraordinary official civil judgment from the County Court at Manchester packed with expletives sums up the state of the nation; one is simply left wondering if potty mouthed Emma Rivers was trained by the creosoted napkin slapper Dawn Ward.
    Beecher’s Muck – Far right Jay Beecher supports Ghislaine Maxwell – Ghislaine Maxwell’s latest supporter revealed to be Jay Beecher, a far right-wing political writer and ex-Ukipper with associations to the quite rightly banned-from-Facebook ‘Politicalite’

    No. 8 - Beecher’s Muck

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s latest supporter revealed to be Jay Beecher, a far right-wing political writer and ex-Ukipper with associations to the quite rightly banned-from-Facebook ‘Politicalite’
    Mucky Maxwell & Meddling Madeley – Ghislaine Maxwell apologist Richard Madeley exposed – EXCLUSIVE – Richard Madeley is an apologist for Ghislaine Maxwell suggests ‘The Steeple Times’ and his wife, of course, was an apologist for another sexual abuser, footballer Ched Evans.

    Mucky Maxwell & Meddling Madeley

    EXCLUSIVE – Meddling Richard Madeley is an apologist for Ghislaine Maxwell suggests ‘The Steeple Times’ whilst his wife, of course, was criticised for her views on sexual abusers in 2014.
    Heroine of the Hour 2021 – Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore – In becoming the first woman ever to win the Grand National, Rachael Blackmore has brought much needed joy to the racing world.

    No. 10 - Heroine of the Hour 2021 – Rachael Blackmore

    In becoming the first woman ever to win the Grand National, Rachael Blackmore has brought much needed joy to the racing world.

    Popular Articles From The Past

    Weather

    London
    clear sky
    16.6 ° C
    18.3 °
    14 °
    47 %
    3.1kmh
    3 %
    Mon
    17 °
    Tue
    16 °
    Wed
    12 °
    Thu
    14 °
    Fri
    15 °