It’s not just actors that get cast in television shows to play someone they’re not. Buildings have to do it too!
The Drake – the fictitious Upper East Side residential building in 666 Park Avenue – is played by The Ansonia, an iconic Upper West Side building (2109 Broadway). The building is over 100 years old and was the largest residential hotel of its day. And the luxury was one of a kind:
“In addition to 400 original residential suites and 1,218 rooms, The Ansonia had every luxury of the period, including a pneumatic tube system that allowed tenants to exchange messages and gossip; Turkish baths; six passenger elevators, as well as large service elevators and dumbwaiters for delivery to apartment kitchens; several restaurants decorated in the Gilded-Age style of Louis XIV; two swimming pools, including the world’s largest indoor pool; basement shops; fresh eggs, courtesy of the chickens in Mr. Stokes’ rooftop farm; and seals that frolicked in its lobby fountain.” – ansoniarealty.com
David Wilcox, the show’s creator and executive producer, picked the building to represent 666 Park because of its dramatic, glamorous and haunting exterior and lobby. It’s also rumored to be haunted, which suits the series well considering The Drake sees its share of paranormal activity.
But while the exterior is filmed on location, most of the interior scenes are being shot at the Cine Magic studios in Brooklyn (Williamsburg).
Be sure to check out the Ansonia’s starring role in 666 Park Avenue Sundays at 10/9c on ABC!