John Lennon, the iconic guitarist of The Beatles, would have turned 77 on Monday, Oct. 9. He just came back to the limelight after years of being a stay-at-home dad when he was tragically murdered in front of his home in 1980.
As the world remembers the late music icon on his birthday, there are two properties relevant to the life of Lennon that you can rent out today.
John and Yoko suite at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
In 1969, John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, staged a Bed-In For Peace protest, wherein they stayed in bed while being filmed or interviewed. They rented four rooms at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth for a week as they rally for peace. Today, the hotel suite has been reopened after a renovation. Rick McGinnis of Toronto Star shared his experience of spending a night in the historical room.
Room 1742 was renovated to combine all four rooms into one large suite. It has two bedrooms, a dining room, a pantry, two lounges and two bathrooms. The suite was filled with commissioned artworks meant to tell the story of that week-long peace rally. One wall features archival photos of the bed-in protest while one lounge features memorabilia and audiovisual displays that allow guests to get a glimpse of what happened during that week.
A wall in the main room also features the chorus of “Give Peace A Chance,” Lennon’s first solo single that was recorded in that suite in downtown Montreal. It was at the time that Lennon was starting to pull out of the Beatles to begin his own solo career.
Since Lennon’s murder, Room 1742 has become a pilgrimage site. People still take the elevator up to the 17th floor of the hotel to take pictures or look at the door. According to McGinnis, the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is planning some days to open the suite to the public. Meanwhile, the room can be rented out for $1,969 a night.
1 White Street “Nutopian Embassy”
Lennon and Ono conceptualized Nutopia, a country that has “no boundaries” and “no laws other than cosmic.” It was in 1973 when Lennon was facing a possible deportation. To avoid being deported, Lennon sought diplomatic immunity from the United Nations. When he asked the UN to recognize him as a Nutopian ambassador, he indicated 1 White Street in New York as the address of the embassy.
Fifty years later, the Tribeca townhouse on the corner of White Street and West Broadway is now on the market for rent at $19,500 per month, as reported by Architectural Digest. The 2,600-square-foot property, which is newly renovated, has four stories of living space. It has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a 750-square-foot private roof terrace.
Per CORE’s listing, the townhouse features charming and historic details with exposed bricks, high ceilings, and massive windows. Its main floor is ideal for entertaining, and it also has an open living room, a custom open kitchen and a full laundry room.
Lennon and Ono actually never lived there, but for years, mails addressed to the couple through the Nutopian Embassy were sent to 1 White Street.
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