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Live Where They Lived



Ada Louise Huxtable
Where: 969 Park Avenue.
What: A two-bedroom, two-bath co-op in a prewar doorman building with a health club and rooftop terrace.
Asking price: $2 million.
Agent: Elizabeth Fuller, Sotheby’s International Realty.

For about 50 years, the New York Times’ formidable, Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic, who died in January, lived in this apartment, where she penned countless critiques of structures that dared to join the cityscape. The second bedroom off the foyer was her office, where a copy of a 1968 New Yorker cartoon drawn in tribute to her hung on the wall. It depicted three construction workers erecting a single steel beam, with a caption that read: “Ada Louise Huxtable already doesn’t like it.” By all accounts, she loved her apartment and its genteel, prewar lines. (The building’s architect was Emory Roth, who was responsible for many of the city’s exclusive prewar co-ops.) She most definitely adored the communal rooftop garden, where a memorial plaque bears her words: “What a joy, this garden.”


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