♥ Saved by an angel in a trench coat!
- Oct 29, 2004
I have this book about NYC luxury apartment buildings from the early 1900's to about 1960. The Ansonia is on the cover.
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Here's a typical floor plan from the era. Sorry, the only image I could online find is sideways. In the book I have, it's turned 90 degrees to the left. I particularly like the layout of the apartment in the interior of the Broadway Court with its oval parlor and dining room. However, it's location didn't allow for much natural light. Many other apartments have circular and other interestingly shaped rooms. And yes, the public hallways are 10 feet wide.
Almost all of these layouts have been changed and updated to incorporate modern needs and tastes; i.e. open floor plans, larger kitchens, laundry rooms in each apartment, media rooms, etc.
A bit of perhaps sordid history. From the late 1960s thru the 70s, the basement of the Ansonia housed the Continental Baths, a gay sex club where a not-yet-famous Bette Midler got her start in show business. When the Continental closed, it because Plato's Retreat, a straight swingers club.
The Ansonia was featured in the movie Single White Female, with Brigit Fonda, who ended up getting a psycho roommate.