Lauren Bacall

The Dakota House’s 65 apartments is home to many celebrities, perhaps most famously John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Built in 1884 by the heir to the Singer Sewing Machine company,, and it is located on the northwest corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West. The Dakota was so named because at the time it was built, the Upper West Side of Manhattan was sparsely inhabited and considered as remote as the Dakota Territory, in this case North Dakota. Rosemary’s Baby was set in this ominous looking building.

Curbed: First Look Inside Lauren Bacall’s Dakota Apartment of 53 Years

“For the last 53 years of her life, she lived at the Dakota, and her three-bed, 3.5-bath in the iconic building is already on the market, asking $26 million. But the staged listing photos don’t give a sense of what it looked like when Bacall actually lived there, since her extensive collection of art, furniture, couture, collectibles, and more have all gone over to Bonham’s, where they will be auctioned on March 31 and April 1. The catalog (warning: PDF!) for that auction, which clocks in at a massive 375 pages, also includes photographs of her nine-room, Central Park-facingDakota home before it was stripped. They reveal a woman who relished antique items of any kind, from chaises to mother-of-pearl chests, who treasured art and lined her walls with it. ”

The Dakota House

The Dakota is best known as the home of former Beatle John Lennon, who was shot and killed at the building’s entrance by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. Every year on this date, fans gather across the street in Strawberry Fields to celebrate his memory and music.

But just being famous won’t get you in here. Madonna, Cher, Alex Rodriguez, and Melanie Griffith all tried to get an apartment here and all and were rejected. Here are just a few of the most famous rsidents of The Dakota:

  • John Lennon
  • Yoko Ono
  • Connie Chung
  • Maury Povich
  • John Madden
  • Roberta Flack
  • Joe Namath
  • Judy Garland
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Boris Karloff
  • Jock Lemon
  • Gilda Radner
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