On a quiet, tree-lined street, camouflaged among pre-war houses is an icon of modernism in steel and smoked glass: 101 East 63rd Street. Designed by famed architect Paul Rudolph in 1968, the building is both a triumph of mid-century architecture and an important piece of social history. This is the story of a famous house that captured the zeitgeist of the 1970’s, known to the New York glitter set simply as ‘101.’
The dark glass, for all its sobriety suggests that there is great drama going on inside, and indeed there is.” – Paul Goldberger, The New York Times, July 24, 1977.
When you enter the house, you are immediately confronted by its history. The foyer is lined with iconic photographs, many of which were taken by Andy Warhol inside of the house. Owned by designer to the stars, Halston, and located blocks from Studio 54, ‘101’ was where the beautiful partied before and after visiting the legendary club.
A world of its own, inward looking and secretive, is created in a relatively small volume of space in the middle of New York City. Varying intensities of light are juxtaposed and related to structures within structures.” - Paul Rudolph
Halston bought the house in 1974, at the peak of his fame. Martha Graham said of Halston that he would “only settle for the best,” and the best is what he found in Rudolph’s masterpiece. “It’s such a work of art,” he said, “you end up giving into it.”