Joan's Residency Following her accountant's advice, Joan reluctantly sold her apartment at 2 East 70th Street and Fifth Avenue and moved into the more economically accommodating apartment 22G in Imperial House. Joan purchased Apartment 22G in the late summer of 1968 for approximately $500,000, and hired interior designer Carleton Varney to decorate. (Source: Carleton Varney)
Several of Joan's larger furniture pieces from the 2 East 70th Street apartment was auctioned at Sotheby Parke Bernet before the move.
Apartment 22G consisted of two large connected living rooms (which Joan referred to as being one large "L-shaped" room) three bedrooms, a maid's room, dining room, kitchen, a large entrance hall, four bathrooms, 6 walk-in closets throughout the apartment, and one small closet.
After several months of planning, which included using masking tape on the floors to outline where furniture was to be placed in the apartment, Joan moved into Apartment 22G in late October 1968. Joan's custom-made sofa from the 70th Street apartment was too large to be transported by the Imperial House elevator or stairs. Therefore, it was raised by crane the 22 stories and inserted into the 22G apartment via the terrace. (Source: Carleton Varney)
Joan removed the bathtubs in favor of shower stalls, saying she did not "like to sit and soak in her own dirt," and installed white plastic laminate over the interior window ledges. Joan also installed custom-made cabinets to house her china, sliver, and glassware, and turned the apartment's maid's room into a hat and shoe closet. A second bedroom next to Joan's own bedroom became Joan's dressing room, and wall-to-wall closets were installed that lined the walls of the room. The third bedroom was designed for Joan's maid, Mamacita. (Source: Carleton Varney)
Apartment 22G Room Measurements (During Joan's residency):
Entrance Hall/Gallery: 23'6ft X 10ftLiving Room: 28ft X 16ftGreat Room: 24'6ft X 17'6ftDining Room: 20ft X 14FtKitchen: 15ft X 10ftJoan's Bedroom: 20ft X 15ftBedrooms (Both): 16ft X 13ft
Maid's Room/Joan's "Hat and Shoe closet": 10ft X 8ft
Property History (The Imperial House Building) Construction on the Imperial House apartment building was completed in 1961. Click here for a history of the building, along with sales material and vintage and contemporary photos of the lobby.
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Joan In apartment 22G (These photos were taken by Motion Picture magazine for a February 1973 article).
Interior photos of apartment 22G (These photos were taken between 1970 - 1972)
A blueprint of apartment 22G and of the 22nd floor of Imperial House at the time of Joan's residence.
Apartment 22G in 2007, with an updated blueprint. The apartment was sold on May 30th, 2008 for $5,300,000 - $200,000 less than the listing price.
150 East 69th Street
New York, New York
(Apartment 22G 1968-1973)
Below are photos of Apartment 22G as it appears in 2016.
These photos are published with appreciation on this website with the permission of the apartment's current owners.
Above: Photos of the 2016 New York skyline view from Apartment 22G (The first two are from the terraces located on either end of the great room).
Above: Photos of the front exterior of Imperial House as it appears in present day.
Below are photos of this Webmaster's visit to Apartment 22G in 2017
Above: The hallway leading from the elevator to apartment 22G (at the very end of the hall).
Joan's final apartment, 22H, is to the right.
Above: Contemporary photos of apartment 22G (Special thanks to the current owners for these photos).
Above: Contemporary photos of the dining room, entrance hall and living room of Apartment 22G.
Above: Contemporary photos of the terraces on either side of the great room.
Apartment 22G has had several occupants since Joan's residency, below are photos of the apartment following Joan's residency.
The owner of the apartment immediately following Joan sold it due to the construction of a large building directly on the other side of 69th Street, which blocked the apartment's views of lower Manhattan.
The apartment most recently sold on May 30th, 2008 for $5,3000.00.
Below is the realtor's description of the apartment, and photos furnished by the realtor in 2007.
"Renovated high-floor home with living room and enormous family room, which is lined in bookcases, and has an entertaining bar and north and south facing terraces. The generously proportioned foyer, has decoratively painted walls and handsomely stenciled floors leading into the formal dining room.
Triple north-facing windows, wooden parquet floors, and hand-painted trompe l'oeil classical details on the walls and alcoves define the elegance of this room. The windowed kitchen is in excellent condition with limestone and black marble floors, white lacquer cabinets and granite countertops. The appliances are top quality: a Garland 6-burner stove and grill, large SubZero and Miele dishwasher.
There is also a cozy breakfast area. The staff room has an adjoining bathroom. Two south facing bedrooms, a master with generous built-in storage, a walk-in closet and master bathroom appointed in beige marble with coordinated mosaic tiles, Jacuzzi tub, separate shower and heated towel rack, and a second bedroom with an adjoining bath.
The third bedroom faces north with a built in wall of storage and well appointed bathroom. First showing November 6, 2007."