Betty’s moving from Ossining to Rye; Don’s getting hitched (and so looking to upgrade from his West Village man-cave). Like its characters, Mad Men’s real estate is in flux. So, Mad Pads; a look back, a look ahead.
The light’s not good, but the locations’ great: right on Washington Square Park. Other attractive features include a kitchen pass-through – useful for keeping an eye on your guests while you pour the drinks – and ample space, including an extra bedroom for when Bobby and Sally come to stay.
Last season’s shotgun engagement to Megan will no doubt have the couple looking for more suitable digs. We could see them in a nice 3BR uptown.
In the meantime, there’s still time to check in at Don’s dig on foursquare.
Betty & Don’s old house is on Bullet Park Road in Ossining, NY. (don’t bother driving by: the real house is in Pasadena, and Bullet Park Road is made up.)
But the house was too full of memories, so Betty & Francis are decamping for Rye, NY, a tonier outpost than Ossining. Too bad; we could see them in this place.
Pete & Trudy Campbell
Pete, Pete, Pete… your in-laws bought you a great pre-war on the upper east side – Park Avenue, for goodness’ sake! – and you and trudy have tastefully furnished it with a mix of mid-century modern, Danish and… African masks.
And yet you seem restless: you head straight for the drinks cart when you get home. Would you rather be downtown with someone else…? Or will the Campbells be joining Betty & Francis in the suburbs?
We don’t really know much about Peggy’s digs, other than they look cosy and she has a Norwegian roommate who doesn’t date sailors (that’s not her in the picture.)
We assume she’s downtown so she can run around with her bohemian friends, but we really don’t know. Anyone?
Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Offices
In a word: swank. Compare the cool greens, whites and yellows with the greys and browns of the old Sterling Cooper (below).
And the location’s not bad either. SCDP started at a suite in the Pierre, but ended up with a floor in the Time-Life Building, as good a location for an up-and-coming ad firm in the ’60’s as could be wished for.
Sterling Cooper Offices
The brown/grey file cabinets, the indeterminately-colored carpet, mismatched woodgrain and lime paneling… just as well they all left. Business might be iffy, but the interior design at the SCDP offices is far superior.