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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hidden Plainfield: Joan Crawford Foursquare


A 'Joan Crawford' Foursquare, but where?

I call this a 'Joan Crawford' Foursquare because it appears to be from her prime period -- the 1940s or early 1950s. This Moderne interpretation of the Foursquare is unusual in two regards: it is not a center-hall, with the entry and staircase in an unusual arrangement against an outer wall of the 'square', and secondly, there is a wing with a separate entrance, which could have been meant for a professional office attached to the residence. (That's as much of a clue as I'm giving.)





Joan Crawford held sway as the house-obsessed 'Harriet Craig'.
Is that shag carpet? Was she prescient, or what?!
Can't you just picture Crawford as Harriet Craig, the woman obsessed with her house and possessions, being shot in this fine period piece? (More about Crawford and 'Harriet Craig' here.)

Do you know where this home is?

Answer tomorrow.


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4 comments:

olddoc said...

West 7th st next to the old JCC now UBF building. It was Dr, Naidorf's office/residence and subsequently Dr. Sawhney used the office space.

Rob said...

How can anyone with an overbearing mother NOT envision Joan Crawford in any setting lol !! Beautiful...I am however, without a clue as to the house.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't place a bey on it, but if I had to guess I would say West Seventh near Grant. I have seen this house and always said "wow," yet your photo makes it look even better. Congratulations to the homeowners for a house well maintained.

Anonymous said...

Park Ave Dr Diamond's office