There’s something about architects and businessmen wanting to live in the places they create. And we’re not talking about a live-work studio. We’ve been noticing a historical trend of apartments in grand civic spaces–from apartments atop the Eiffel Tower, Radio City, Bergdorf Goodman, the second Madison Square Garden–to more modern-day expressions of exclusivity–a cabin in a loft in Brooklyn, suburban houses plopped atop existing apartment buildings, an Fifth Avenue apartment full of secret riddles and compartments. Here’s a little about each of these idiosyncratic apartments.
1. Stanford White’s Seduction Lair at Madison Square Garden
Image via Library of Congress
In the second Madison Square Garden (the last actually at Madison Square), playboy architect Stanford White built a Moorish style building in 1890. It had a 33-story tower, making it the second tallest skyscraper in New York City at the time. White had an apartment in the tower, out of public view. Not only was White married, but he also had a penchant for teenage girls which he entertained and seduced here and in his nearby row house on 24th Street.
White’s tower apartment apartment also gave him easy access to the entertainment on the rooftop pleasure garden at Madison Square Garden, and it is there that the Nesbit’s husband, the jealous Henry Kendall Thaw, shot white in the head. White had long since moved on from Nesbit but Thaw was reportedly mentally unstable and had a long-running hatred of White.