For the new “HalstonLimited-edition creator Ryan Murphy brought in production designer Mark Ricker to recreate the iconic designer’s Manhattan townhouse for a starring role in the series.
The set, the floating staircase and everything, was put together across the river in Red Hook, Brooklyn and filled with replicas of Halston’s personal effects, including an Andy Warhol portrait of the designer, while Tiffany & Co. reportedly loaned the production of tens of thousands of dollars of home accessories designed by Elsa Peretti.
The real four-story, 7,500-square-foot townhouse is actually located on the Upper East Side and is one of three Manhattan homes designed by famed architect Paul Rudolph, former dean of the Yale School of Architecture. He renovated the old car shed in 1966 for lawyer Alexander Hirsch and his partner, Turner Lewis.
With a brown glass facade set back from the street, Rudolph designed the abode to appear purposely unpretentious from the outside – perfect for a celebrity who wants to go incognito. Inside, however, it’s a different story, with 32-foot-high ceilings, a light and airy minimalist-style sunken living room, and a fourth-floor guest suite where Liza Minnelli is said to have often stayed. Elsewhere, there is a three story veranda, as well as a 1,600 square foot deck.
Halston owned the house between 1974 and 1990 and during this time he hosted infamous parties attended by best friend Minnelli, Warhol, Truman Capote, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and other members of the Studio jet set crowd. 54.
He sold the house just three months before his death to Swiss millionaire and photographer Gunter Sachs and Fiat playboy Gianni Agnelli for an unknown amount. The latter eventually sold his share to Sachs, who was at one point married to Brigitte Bardot.
Sachs attempted to sell the property in 2011, but it wasn’t until 2019 that he got lucky when an anonymous buyer paid $ 18 million. At the time, WWD revealed that it was none other than Tom Ford, who added the townhouse to its collection of luxury homes, which at the time included a New Mexico ranch with its own former Western City movie set (the designer has since sold it).
In an interview with WWD in 2019, Ford confirmed the purchase to WWD and said he visited once while owned by Halston. âI was in this house in 1979 or 1980, only once. I wasn’t a friend of Halston’s but was introduced to him and passed by this house with a friend to pick up someone before going to Studio 54.
“I would have been 18,” he added. âThis house stunned me. It is and always has been one of the most inspiring homes I have ever been to, and one of the most inspiring interiors. I love Paul Rudolph. He designed [the Halston] house in 1966 for a pair of gentlemen, then redesigned it when Halston moved in – designed all the furniture. To me, this is just one of the great American interiors.
Ford was planning to put it back on as he had first seen it. âIt’s very simple, very minimal and there isn’t much to do. I don’t have to tear down walls. Basically I just have to put on a lot of gray carpet and furniture. “
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