Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Leonard M. Thomas Residence

 The Leonard M. Thomas residence altered by F. Burrall Hoffman Jr. c. 1917 at 154 East 63rd Street in New York City.  The residence was built in 1914 for Frederick J. Sterner and was altered by Hoffman for Thomas three years later.  By 1919 the home was owned by a W. Lewison who brought back Hoffman to redesign the exterior.  Click HERE to see the residence on google street view.

Photos from Architectural Record, 1919.


The Down East Dilettante said...

The year that these pictures were published, Mr. Thomas's wife, considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, left him. She was the former Blanche Oelrichs, restless artistic niece of Tessie Oelrichs of Rosecliff in Newport. Mrs. Thomas's nom de plume was Michael Strange, under which she acted, and wrote plays and poetry. In the course of artistic pursuit, she embarked on a tempestuous affair with john Barrymore. After the divorce she embarked an equally tempestuous marriage with Barrymore.

( Coincidentally this is all fresh in my mind Because I'm in the middle of writing an article about the house at Bar Harbor Rented by the Thomas as their marriage was breaking up-- the same house that Mrs. John Jacob Astor retreated to after the Titanic disaster.)

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