Custom Works from 23 Beekman Place
The present lot was commissioned directly from Paul Rudolph by Lesley Friedman, who at the time of the commission, was a resident in Rudolph’s famous building at 23 Beekman Place. Rudolph originally acquired the building during a housing slump in 1976, keeping the penthouse for himself and converting the first four floors into apartments. Constructed over a twenty year span, the multi-level penthouse featured cantilevered balconies and daring staircases situated atop the existing brownstone. Friedman moved into an apartment on the third floor of 23 Beekman place in 1990 and consulted Rudolph for decorative advice, eventually purchasing several custom pieces designed by the architect.