Homes and Haunts of Basil Rathbone
Page Two

Repton School and the London theatres
New York 1
Rathbone's home in the 1920s, NYC Theatres
Rathbone's homes and haunts, 1935-1946
New York 2
Rathbone's later years in NYC, 1946-1967

After their wedding in 1926 Basil and Ouida made their first home in the posh neighborhood of Beekman Place in New York City. Beekman Place is a prestigious two-block enclave east of First Ave. between E. 49th and E. 51st Streets that once was home to many celebrities, including Irving Berlin, Katherine Cornell, Lynn Fontanne, Alfred Lunt, and Ethel Barrymore.

The following photos show the interior of the Rathbones' duplex apartment at Beekman Place. (Source of photos: Theatre Magazine, June, 1928)

The color scheme in the drawing room was green, mauve and mulberry. The fireplace is black marble.

A niche in the dining room

From this end of the drawing room, with its antique gold brocade hanging above a mulberry satin couch, the dining alcove can be seen.

This Chinese red lacquer secretary fits into a corner of the writing room. (The picture appears to be of Basil.)

The supper room, with green walls and green tile floor, opens into an Italian roof garden.

A wrought-iron balustrade in the foyer complements stairs of marbleized green.
Map of Manhattan
Also from the June, 1928 issue of Theatre Magazine is this wonderful map of New York City's theater district. The locations of theaters in which Rathbone performed are indicated by blue dots. (Click on the map to see it larger.)


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All original content is Marcia Jessen, 2007