Monday, October 28, 2013

Welcome Home, Mr & Mrs Montgomery

Bob Montgomery was a very fortunate man.  His choice of residences reflect who he was:  a man of class, elegance and wealth.  From mansions in Los Angeles to a luxury townhouse in Manhattan to a summer home in the Hamptons, the man simply lived well.

After Bob married Buffy in 1950, they chose a townhouse in a 17-story limestone-clad apartment building located at 19 E. 72nd St in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, in an area where the likes of the Vanderbilts and Whitneys built mansions and enjoyed nearby amenities such as several reknown museums (the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney), elite shops, the best restaurants and the adjacent Central Park.

Completed in 1937, the building replaced the 9-story mansion of Comfort Louis Tiffany, just across the street from The Rhinelander, home to Alva Vanderbilt.  It is one block from Central Park with Broadway across the way.  Today, a 3 bedroom, 5 bath apartment can go for $14,000,000. 

The main entrance has a green canopy sheltering an entrance covered with panels of animals and plants etched in relief.  

The building features circular staircases, this one featured in a penthouse apartment.

I am not aware of the unit number of Bob's townhouse, but I would guess it has been remodeled a few times since.  Following are photos of current apartments to give an idea of what his would have been like.

So, when Bob and Buffy returned to their home, they were first greeted by a doorman at the relief covered entrance.  Taking an elevator, they would exit into a public lobby for the apartment.

From there they entered the private foyer, which featured a circular stair case to the 2nd floor.

Then Bob may have gone to his office/library while Buffy changed before going out for the evening.

 Perhaps they would take a floor-block stroll to the Cafe Carlyle for dinner and entertainment, featuring resident singer/pianist Bobby Short.  (Or is that just one of MY fantasies?)

As I have said, Bob was a fortunate man.  He knew what he wanted in life, he set out to earn it and then he enjoyed it.  Should we all be as successful.  (I never even figured out what I wanted in life...)

Thanks again to Liz for responding to my entreaty for Bob's NY address. 

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