If Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, fell through a temporal portal, a la Kate and Leopold…
…and landed in New York city in the year 2015, this is where she would live: Joan River’s amazing penthouse apartment. Of course, she would need $28 million dollars first. Who knew the often controversial, take-no-prisoners comedian, Joan Rivers lived such an elegant, opulent queen-like existence!
This elegant neo-French Classic apartment, located at 1 East 62nd Street, was built in 1903. It was originally designed by the Gilded Age architect, Horace Trumbaurer and belonged to millionaires, Alice and John S. Drexel. The apartment is also referred to as the Spencer Condominium.
Joan Rivers was a big fan of the decorating style of Marie Antoinette saying, “She had great style.” Always joking she added that this is how Marie Antoinette would have lived “if she had money.” That totally sounds like something she would have said, doesn’t it?
This pre-war home is truly queen-worthy with 5,100 square feet of space, absolutely palatial by New York apartment standards. It has 11 rooms including 2 kitchens, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 5 fireplaces.
This room is called the “ballroom” in the listing, but I’m wondering if it’s really the music room since it houses a grand piano.
The ceiling height in both the ballroom and music room is 23 feet!
This room is named as the music room in the listing but I wonder if it’s actually the ballroom. I love the ceiling! Despite her raucous sense of humor, Joan had exquisite taste.
Imagine entertaining here, what fun it would be to attend a party in this room.
The dining room is as amazing as the rest of the apartment. Notice the gorgeous chandelier and beautiful antique mirrors.
The library has amazing views overlooking Central Park.
Here’s another view of the library with one of the apartment’s five fireplaces.
I love that the master bedroom also has a fireplace.
This must have been where Joan came to unwind and relax, this space feels much more homey and comfortable, very different from the rest of the apartment.
Skyline views from the terrace…
I wish we could see the rest of the bedrooms…I bet they are amazing, as well. Here’s a floor plan of the apartment.
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