In this day and time when so many stars have over-the-top, lavishly furnished homes, I was so surprised to see how normal and tastefully furnished Lauren Bacall’s home was in The Dakota, located in Manhattan just across from Central Park. Do you recognize that name…The Dakota? Besides being the home of Lauren Bacall for 53 years from 1961 to her death last year (she lived to be almost 90!) it was also the setting for the scary movie, Rosemary’s Baby and sadly where John Lennon was killed in 1980.
I was also surprised at how reasonably priced many of the furnishings inside sold for recently. For example, the Black Forest mirror hanging on the right sold for just $1,750, about what you would expect any antique mirror to sell, much less one belonging to a famous screen legend. The deer head above it went for $1,125. The hardwood floors throughout the home are so pretty!
This is the other side of the entry and it included several paintings of lions, probably collected after her time in Africa with her husband filming, The African Queen.
I thought this might be a sitting room or small den but it’s actually the library. I noticed most of the walls throughout Lauren Bacall’s home were painted white. I wonder if that was to provide a simple background for all the art she collected.
Bacall especially loved collecting paintings of dogs as seen in this collection in the corner of the library.
Lauren Bacall collected all kinds of art, including sculpture. We see more of her collections here in the drawing room. I like this room a lot. Despite being a huge room (29 feet wide) it feels cozy and like a real home, very much like the library. You can just barely see the edge of a grand piano there on the left.
The dining room was furnished with an English provincial oak refectory table and a Dutch baroque pine cupboard. Those chairs don’t look very comfortable…maybe they were more comfortable than they appear.
Lauren Bacall had a large collection of Victorian era majolica pottery as seen displayed on a hutch in the corner of the dining room.
This was Bacall’s bedroom, comfortable but modestly furnished.
The home has three bedrooms including this one with bold, cheerful wallpaper. I’ll link to the source for these pictures at the end of this post in case you would like to learn more about the paintings and art throughout the home.
I like this corner in the 3rd bedroom. Notice the deep window sills and heavy crown molding…what a beautiful building The Dakota is! I can see why Lauren Bacall chose to live here for so long and to never move.
In an article in Vogue she talked about how much she loved having Central Park so close by. I bet she walked her dogs there a lot. Can’t imagine what a place like this would go for today. Bacall purchased it for less than $50,000 in 1961!
You’ll find many more pictures of Lauren Bacall and her home with additional information about the art she collected here: Lauren Bacall’s New York Home