It’s been almost a year since “Mad Men” ended its seven-season run, but if you’re jonesing for a fix of mid-century nostalgia, it’s your lucky day. ArchDaily, in collaboration with Archilogic, has created a virtual tour of Don Draper’s swanky Upper East Side apartment that he moved into in season five with his new wife Megan. From the sunken living room and orange kitchen cabinets to the white carpet and retro window treatments, set designer Claudette Didul didn’t miss a beat when designing an authentic 1966 residence. But as ArchDaily points out, she also managed to create “a psychogram of a man who is about to fall apart at the seams.”
Our series “New York in the ’60s” is a memoir by a longtime New Yorker who moved to the city after college in 1960. Each installment will take us through her journey during a pivotal decade. From $90/month apartments to working in the real “Mad Men” world, we’ll explore the city through the eyes of a spunky, driven female. In our first installment, we went house hunting with the girl on the Upper East Side, and in the second, we visited her first apartment and met her bartender boyfriend. Now, we hear about her career at an advertising magazine… looking in on the Donald Drapers of the time.
Take a trip down memory lane to the good old days when Betty and Don Draper were still married and living the upstate life. Their home, which was supposed to be in Ossining, is actually located at 90 Forest Avenue in the Forest Heights neighborhood of New Rochelle, and it’s on the market for $1.1 million, affording you the chance to make some (hopefully happier) memories in the original “Mad Men” residence.
The 3,544-square-foot, six-bedroom, center-hall Colonial was built in 1914 and offers original details like pocket doors, crown moldings, hardwood floors, nine-foot ceilings, and four fireplaces. It also has “black shutters and a fire engine-red front door, just waiting for a briefcase-toting Don Draper to park his Plymouth and come inside to greet his wife and kids, after a steamy rendezvous with his mistress,” writes lohud. Well, maybe we’ll scratch that last part.
- The Brooklyn Half Marathon is this Saturday; some streets will be closed and the race ends at the Coney Island boardwalk. Good luck to all! [Sheepshead Bites]
- Foreign money: This map shows the city’s Chinese-backed real estate developments. [Curbed]
- As “Mad Men” signs off, a bench outside the Time-Life Building in Midtown will immortalize Don Draper for the summer. [Pentagram]
- Six tiny NYC back yards prove you don’t need a lot of space to enjoy the al fresco life. [Dwell]
- How to properly Google your neighborhood and find all the scary stuff (assuming you really want to). [BrickUnderground]
Image: Don Draper bench installation (L); AirBnB Brooklyn Half via Facebook (R)
We admit it: We’re a bit obsessed with mid-20th century modern design–its architecturally and socially advanced concepts so often result in a perfect mix of aesthetic appeal and livability. Sometimes met with suspicion and derision in its earlier days, modernist architecture has endured the test of time and is having an enormous resurgence in popularity and appreciation. How else could you explain fans’ obsession with the award-winning and pitch-perfect mid-mod sets on Matthew Weiner’s “Mad Men.”
It’s often said that the best ideas in home design are the ones that make the home a great place to live; the origins of modernist design had that idea at their heart. We’ve rounded up a few of the city’s mid-century architectural treasures and a handful of homes that embody modernist style.
Butterfield House at 37 West 12th Street (l); 225 East 74th Street (r).
In honor of the final season of “Mad Men,” we’ve found a pair of current listings with the modern appeal of the Draper apartment at (fictional) 783 Park Avenue. Accents that might come straight from the pages of a mid-century magazine—like a sunken living room, wood paneling and a Nelson hanging light–or 21st century perks like open kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and city views add up to just as much modern cool as they did in the “Mad Men” era. $2.8 million gets you a serious mid-century pedigree, an enclosed balcony and a prime Greenwich Village location, but for $925,000, a top-floor Upper East Side pre-war pad with a recent renovation, city views and a compellingly modernist vibe looks like a serious deal.
Referred to today as the “real Don Draper,” McCauley “Mac'” Conner was one of the most important illustrators working during America’s golden age of advertising. Conner, now 101 years old, came to New York in 1950 and flourished in the city’s publishing industry, bringing an era of deep red lipstick, unabashed chain smoking and lunch-time martinis to the pages of America’s most popular magazines. With crisp lines and carefully chosen colors, Conner’s vibrant works not only captured a pivotal point in American history, but he also helped shape the image of a postwar nation. Ahead are some of his most notable—and provocative, for the time—images created for magazines such as Cosmo, Good Housekeeping, Collier’s, Woman’s Day, and many more.
- In addition to transforming his East Village home and former Con Ed substation into a gallery and art study center, Peter Brant plans to restore the building’s façade and add a roof terrace, among other alterations. [EV Grieve]
- The city’s “Taxi Kingpin” can’t pay his bills thanks to Uber. [NYP]
- A permanent “Mad Men” sculpture is being unveiled on Monday in front of the Time & Life Building, where the fictional offices of Sterling Cooper & Partners are located. [Gothamist]
- Illegal curb cuts and driveways are a big problem in the outer boroughs. Here’s a map of all complaints related to the issue. [DNAinfo]
- Eight inspiring instances of contemporary Irish architecture. [Architizer]
Images: 421 East 6th Street (L); Cast of Mad Men (R)
These three townhouses may not look like much to you, but they’ve for decades been making appearances in pop culture, from the penned to motion pictures, including The Prince of Tides, Wall Street, Crossing Delancey, and most recently, Mad Men. Located at 249-253 East 50th Street, this site once housed the world-renowned Lutèce restaurant.
Though today the structures can be described as dilapidated at best, that hasn’t stopped a group of Chinatown investors from scooping up the properties for $17 million from East 50th Development LLC. Now in new hands, what’s up next for this famed locale?