Salvador Dali in a Mike Wallace Interview in 1958 (Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Exorcism)
From the NY Times:
“THE dignified prewar duplex at 730 Park Avenue that belonged to Mike Wallace, the trailblazing broadcast journalist whose esteemed and intermittently turbulent career at “60 Minutes” spanned four decades, and his fourth wife, Mary Yates, has been put on the market by their heirs at an asking price of $20 million. Mr. Wallace died in April at 93; Ms. Yates continued to live in the apartment, decorated with exotic artifacts and textiles from their travels, until her death at 83 in September.
Graciously appointed, No. 15-16A was carved from a 12-room apartment and retains ample architectural detail and charm: the ceilings are high, the grand staircase is curving, French doors connect the library and the master bedroom to terraces on both levels, and elaborate variegated plaster moldings and wood floors accentuate all the principal rooms except the eat-in kitchen, which is floored in vintage cork.
Unlike some other grand spaces at this address, the apartment has seen preservation take precedence over renovation. Modernization has largely been limited to the four and a half baths and the installation of air-conditioning. The monthly maintenance fee is $8,822.
The 40-foot-long living room and the master bedroom have wood-burning fireplaces sheathed in marble, and the floor of the foyer, which has Doric columns in relief on its plaster walls, is undulating black-and-white marble tile that would have pride of place in a Hitchcock film. At the western end of the living room, a raised conservatory with the feel of an outdoor space has a stone floor and a wall of windows with distant Central Park views.”–NYTimes