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Joan Crawford Geography

This page features Joan's homes, schools, and haunts, and is divided into 3 sections below:

Youth        Los Angeles       New York City

See each section for links to interior photos, if available.
To see the surrounding area, click on a map link below addresses to go to the corresponding MapQuest page.

For other Joan locations, see also the separate Movie Sets and Vacation Spots pages.


Youth

South Cherry Street. San Antonio.

From Joan Crawford, by Bob Thomas:

"The family lived, according to Joan, on South Cherry Street
in 'a drab little rented house on the wrong side of the tracks.'"

Click here to see 9 more photos of South Cherry Street, shot by me, Christmas '07.

 


804 D Avenue, Lawton, Oklahoma.

According to the "Jazz Baby" bio, Joan lived here with her mother, brother, and stepfather Henry Cassin
at some point during the 1910 to 1916 time period.
(Photo by John March, Jazz Baby.)

 

910 D Avenue, Lawton.     910 D Avenue, Lawton.

910 D Avenue, Lawton, Oklahoma.

Map of 910 Sw D Ave

According to the 1910 Comanche County census, the Cassin family lived here in that year, at least.
(Thanks to Gregg, a Lawton native, for sending in these two recent photos of the 910 D Avenue house.)

 


Scarritt Elementary School, Lexington and Askew streets, Kansas City, Missouri.

 Map of Askew Ave & Lexington Ave

Joan attended school here as a third-grader beginning approximately in 1916;
after a few months, she transferred to St. Agnes Academy.

 

Once the City Gate Laundry service, 403 E. 9th St., Kansas City.

403 E. 9th Street, Kansas City.

Map of 403 E 9th St

In this picture, the name of the laundry is different, but in 1918 or so and for a few years afterwards,
it was known as "City Gate Laundry." Joan and her mother and brother worked here and lived on the premises.
The New Midland Hotel, where the family had originally lived (with stepfather Henry Cassin) upon arriving
in Kansas City in 1916 or so, was located across the street.

 

St. Agnes Academy, 128 N. Hardesty at Scarritt, Kansas City.

 Map of 128 N Hardesty Ave

Joan attended this Catholic school as a scholarship/working student for 3 years (4th through 6th grades),
from approximately 1916 to 1919. This building no longer stands.
 (Photo: Jazz Baby.)

 

 

Budd Park, 199 N. Hardesty, Kansas City.

Map of Budd Park.

Where Joan would hang out and sometimes pick up boys (and where she first met friend Ray Sterling as he played football).

Click here to see three more shots of Budd Park, taken by KC resident and Joan researcher John Linville in November 2006.

 

  

Rockingham Academy, 4343 Campbell, Kansas City.

Map of 4343 Campbell St

Joan attended this 14-room boarding school as a scholarship/working student for 3 years, from approximately 1919 to 1922.
Click here to see 8 more Rockingham shots, all by John Linville.

 

 

4407 Genessee Street. Joan's stepfather's home.

 

Joan's stepfather Harry Hough's home, 4407 Genessee St., Kansas City.

Joan's mother moved in with Hough in 1919. Joan would occasionally
come home from the Rockingham Academy to stay here...when Hough wasn't putting the moves on her.

Click here to see 2 more Hough-home shots, both by John Linville of KC.

 Click here to see 7 photos from the home's sale listing in 2012.

 

 

Westport High School, Kansas City.

 

Northeast High School.

 

Westport High School and Northeast High School, Kansas City.

 

Joan attended her first dance at Westport High in 1920 and first saw her future close friend Ray Sterling in a play at Northeast High in 1921.
(info according to Jazz Baby; photos courtesy of John Linville)

 

Main Hall, Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri.

Map of 1200 E Broadway

Joan lived at Main Hall during her one semester at Stephens College in the fall of 1922.
The building no longer stands.  
(Photo: Jazz Baby.)

 

 

 

Hampton building, 303 Bellefontaine, Kansas City.

Map of 303 Bellefontaine.

This 6-unit building in northeast KC was home of the Cook Sisters,
who briefly gave Joan a place to stay here in the Spring of 1923 after she was kicked out of her stepfather Hough's house.

(Photo courtesy of John Linville, November 2006.)

 


Los Angeles

Hotel Washington, 1920s.

West End Hotel today. Photo courtesy of dearoldhollywood.blogspot.com.)   West End Hotel today. Photo courtesy of dearoldhollywood.blogspot.com.

Hotel Washington, Culver City (1920s and today)

3927 Van Buren Place

After arriving in Los Angeles in January 1925, Joan was quartered at this hotel.
Built in 1923 by R.P. Davidson, it was located at 3927 Van Buren Place, 4 blocks from the MGM studio on Washington Avenue.
The hotel still stands today but is now called the "Hotel West End."
(Recent photos courtesy of dearoldhollywood.blogspot.com.)

 


Montmartre Cafe (1930 and 2012)

8763 Hollywood Blvd.

An early haunt of Joan's after her arrival in Hollywood.

Site of  tea dances and her weekly girlfriend lunches with her circle of starlet friends.

(Photos courtesy of Norman.)

 


513 N. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.

Map of 513 N Roxbury Dr

Joan lived here from mid-1927 until September 1928. (MGM loaned her the $28,000 purchase price; Joan bought the house
from Herbert Howe, a Photoplay columnist and former lover of silent star Ramon Novarro.)
The house was built in 1925, was 3950 square feet, and sat on a quarter-acre lot. It had 5 bedrooms and 5 baths.

Click here to see one interior photo of the dining room when Joan lived there, as well as
a recent exterior photo and six photos of the house when it was put on the market for $3.5 million in February 2005.

 


Joan and Doug Fairbanks, Jr. in front of her new Bristol home in 1928. (Thanks to Bart for the photo.)

A 1930s postcard depicting the front of Joan's home.

Mid-1930s postcard of the back of Joan's home.

426 N. Bristol Avenue, Brentwood.

Map of 426 N Bristol Ave

Joan lived in this 8103-square-feet house from September 1928 until her 1955 marriage to Pepsi executive Al Steele.

She sold the property to Donald O'Connor in 1957.

(TV talk-show hostess Leeza Gibbons owned the house from 1991 to 2010.

Gibbons purchased the home for $1.995 million and sold it for $4.795 million.)

 

County tax receipts for the property from 1929 and 1931.

 

December '31 "New Movie" magazine article with architectural drawings of the house as well as many more interior shots.

A 1937 aerial view, detailing each building on the estate. (Thanks to Matthew.)

1944 article in "Motion Picture" with 10 color interior shots.
1948 "Modern Screen" article with 8 color interior shots.
13 interior photos from a 1950 "Screen Guide" article.

2 color interior shots (year unknown). (Courtesy of Bryan Johnson.)

 

Click here to see renovation photos:

2 exterior pictures of renovations being done at the address in May '04 and February '05;
5 interior renovation shots from 2006;

2 exterior photos of the final results, shot by Joel W. Marsh in December '06;
1 great interior shot of the living room from 2004 or 2005, thanks to Chris;

1 exterior shot from April 2012, thanks to John.

2 exterior shots from February 2013, thanks to Dan S.

Also on this page is an account by a fan who in July 2005 snuck onto the property while it was being renovated and had a look around.

 


8008 West Norton Avenue in 2005.

8008 West Norton Avenue.

Map of 8008 Norton Ave

 This apartment was used only as an office for Joan's secretary Betty Barker. Joan never lived here during her visits to
Los Angeles after husband Steele's death, though she did use this return address on her stationery during this time. 
Click here to see two more photos of this West Hollywood apartment (all courtesy of Ged).

Joan's actual Los Angeles address post-Steele through the early 1970s was in a building owned by Loretta Young:
8313 Fountain Avenue, Apt. D, which was only a few blocks away from Norton Ave.  Map of 8313 Fountain Ave
It was a two-bedroom, two-floor condo, for which Joan paid @ $400 per month.
If you have any photos of the Fountain Avenue address, please
e-mail me.


New York City

Not sure which was Big Al's apt., but this shot is of the northwest corner of the building.

36 Sutton Place (at 55th Street).

Map of 36 Sutton Pl

This was husband Al Steele's "bachelor pad," where he and Joan stayed while waiting
for their East 70th Street apartment (below) to be renovated.
It's a 17-story red brick building, built in 1949 and converted to a co-op in 1962. There are 101 apartments in the building.

 

 

2 East 70th Street, at Fifth Avenue.

Map of 2 E 70th St

Joan lived in this 8-room (renovated from 18-room) corner penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park from 1957 to 1967.
Click here to see interior shots and to read Joan's description of the apartment from My Way of Life.

 

Exterior of Imperial House.    Imperial House. Photo courtesy of Bryan Johnson.

(Above two photos courtesy of Bryan Johnson.)

 

Imperial House. 150 East 69th Street, between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue.

Map of 150 E 69th St

The Imperial House was built in 1960 on the former site of the New York Foundling Hospital. It has 30 floors and 378 apartments. It was converted to a co-op in 1971.

 

Joan lived in the 9-room apartment 22-G from 1967 to September 1973.  The apartment cost @ $500,000. Click here to see interior shots and to read Joan's description from My Way of Life.

Also included on this page is a floor plan of the apartment and color photos of how it looked when put on the market for $5.5 million in 2007.

From September 1973 until her death in May 1977, she lived in the 5-room apartment 22-H, which cost $85,000. Click here to see interior shots and to read the accompanying Architectural Digest text, as well as Joan's reaction to the 1976 magazine article.

NOTE:  It's been incorrectly reported on the findadeath.com site that this building has been torn down.
As of 2010, it's still standing.


 

Addendum: Ferncliff Mausoleum

Joan is interred with her husband Alfred Steele at Ferncliff (Unit 8, Alcove E, Crypt 42),
which is located in Hartsdale, New York, about 40 miles north of New York City.
Click
here to see March 23, 2006, photos of Joan's crypt, the mausoleum, and environs;
here to see May 10, 2007, photos;
here to see March 23, 2008, photos; and
here to see March 23/May 10, 2009, photos.

 


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