"Jackie O?s Home, 1040 Fifth Avenue" Fifth Avenue Tip by von.otter
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?There are many little ways to enlarge your child?s world. Love of books is the best of all.?
? Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929 ? May 19, 1994)
If you are a fan of Jackie O!, walk by the apartment house where she spent the last 29 years of her life, and where she died, as her son John said, ?surrounded by her books and the people she loved.?
Following the death of her second husband, Aristotle Onassis, in 1975, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, moved with her adolescent children, Caroline and John Jr., to an apartment at 1040 Fifth Avenue, located at the northeast corner of East 85th Street.
Built in 1930 by Anthony Paterno and designed by Rosario Candela, this 17-story limestone-clad apartment house has only 27 apartments. The fifth-story sculpted masks (see photo #4), and the bas-relief panels and the ornamental arches (see photo #3) above the entrance door are the least bit of detail work on this otherwise plain fašade.
Mrs. Onassis?s apartment, which occupies the entire 15th floor, was bought for her by her brother-in-law, Robert F. Kennedy, in 1964 for $100,000. Following Mrs. Onassis?s death in 1994 the apartment was sold for $9.5 million.
From her apartment windows Mrs. Onassis had an outstanding view of the glass-enclosed wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which houses the Temple of Dendur. During the Kennedy administration the government of Egypt made a gift of the 15th century BC Temple to the United States. The United States had played a key role in saving several temples and other Ancient Egyptian objects that would have otherwise been destroyed after the construction of the Aswan Dam.
Address: 1040 Fifth Avenue, at 85th Street
Directions: W 142nd St., to Washington Square North
Phone: +1 212-336-1440
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