Douglas Fairbanks Jr.’s apartment in New York City – Robb Report
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More than two decades after his death at age 90, actor, producer and Navy officer Douglas Fairbanks Jr.’s Upper East Side outpost has been put up for sale. It was found in the 1920s Beekman Building on Park Avenue, just minutes from Central Park, and is now available for $1.75 million.
Located on the sixth floor of the George F. Pelham-designed complex — which is described as “an iconic residence reflecting a bygone era of glamor and sophistication” in the listing held by Pamela Marcus and Amy Goldberger of Compass — the apartment is currently owned by Vera Shelton, widow of Fairbanks Jr., and includes Three bedrooms and an equal number of bathrooms in 2,100 square feet of colorful living space spread over two compact units.
Renovated during Fairbanks Jr.’s time by architect Benjamin Huntington and English designer Jane Churchill, the building is accessed via a high-ceilinged entry foyer decorated with herringbone parquet floors. From there, the yellow-covered living room recalls yesteryear when the film legend was said to entertain the likes of Sir Laurence Olivier, Rex Harrison, Bobby Short, and the Duke of Wellington.
Other highlights include a green library lined with bookshelves and having pocket doors that lead to an adjoining room containing a marble fireplace imported from England, a sisal rug, built-in cabinets, tilt-and-swivel windows, and an adjoining bathroom, plus a kitchen with newer appliances and plenty of storage space. The master bedroom suite is located in its own wing and offers plenty of space for a desk and comfortable seating area, as well as a double walk-in closet and a windowed bath.
The new owner will pay a hefty monthly maintenance fee of $9,369 for the building’s amenities, which include a 24-hour doorman, concierge, new fitness center, housekeeping services, and two storage cages. Subletting is also permitted, with an appraisal fee of $1,103 expiring in January 2024.
The only son of swashbuckling silent screen hero Douglas Fairbanks and Anna Beth Soule, daughter of wealthy industrialist Daniel J. Soule, the New York native is perhaps best known for starring in such films as Zenda prisoner, Your rock And Corsican brothers. His last film appearance was in 1981 alongside Fred Astaire in the film Ghost story.