Joan's Residency In August 1973, Joan bought apartment 22H in Imperial House for a reduced price of approximately $85,000, following Imperial House becoming a co-op apartment building in 1971. As with apartment 22G, Joan hired interior designer Carleton Varney to decorate the apartment, which included darkening many of the beige furniture pieces to an ebony finish. Again, Joan removed the bathtubs in favor of shower stalls, and installed white plastic laminate over the interior window ledges. (Source: Carleton Varney)
For several months, Joan prepared for the move, which began on the week of Monday November 5th, 1973. Apartment 22H was smaller than Joan's previous apartment 22G, and consisted of a reception room/salon, a living room, a dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, five walk-in closets and two small hall closets.
This apartment would be Joan's final home. She passed away in this apartment on the morning of May 10th 1977.
Apartment 22H Room Measurements:Reception Room: 17ft X 14ftLiving Room: 29'6 X 15ftDining Room: 18ft X 12ftKitchen: 15'6 X 8ftJoan's Bedroom: 20ft X 15ftSecond Bedroom: 19ft X 17ft
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Above: Interior photos of apartment 22H, including a photo of the desk chairs owned by Joan which sat at her desk.
A blueprint of apartment 22H and of floor 22 as it appeared during Joan's residency.
150 East 69th Street
New York, New York
(Apartment "22H" 1973-1977)
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.
Above: Contemporary photos of the hallway and door of 22H.
Above: Contemporary photos of the terrace and window view from the dining room. In the right photo, Joan's dressing room and bedroom are visible (the window with the yellow flowers). The current owner informed me that when the apartment was purchased, there was a large piece of furniture in front of the terrace door and many locks on the apartment's doors. This is undoubtedly due to the anonymous telephone threats Joan received in 1974 which caused her to become paranoid about her safety.
Above: Contemporary photos 22H's interior. The custom-built shelves Joan installed in the apartment still remain.
The current owner has repainted them black, and replaced the painted lime green shelf backs with mirrors.
Below: Contemporary Photos of Apartment 22H