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Landlord to Andy Warhol: 'No parties at The Factory'

The past and present world knows Andy Warhol as a multi-faceted individual: a photographer, painter, printmaker, illustrator, filmmaker...and a party animal. The iconic artist did not only like attending parties, he also hosted them in his New York Studio, much to his landlord's dismay!

Andy Warhol liked taking photos of his friends and models using Polaroid cameras and compact cameras, like the Minox EL he holds in this snapshot. Photo via Madison.com

“I have Social Disease.
I have to go out every night.
If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs.”

Andy Warhol was not only an iconic multi-faceted artist, but also a self-confessed party animal, confirmed by his statement above. Not only was he commonly spotted in the hottest New York parties and gatherings, he also hosted some in The Factory, his studio in New York City from 1962 to 1968.

Party at The Factory. Warhol’s studio was also often called The Silver Factory by his frequent visitors because of its silver paint and tin foil decorations. Photo via Crushable.com

Unfortunately, the artist’s landlord wasn’t keen on joining his house parties. In November 1965, Warhol received a letter from the president of ELK REALTY, INC. about the company’s disapproval of these festivities in his rented space:

The Landlord Letter. Photo via Letters of Note

And it reads:


ELK REALTY, INC.
1107 BROADWAY
NEW YORK, N. Y. 10010
AREA CODE 212
WATKINS 4-3560

November 15, 1965

Mr. Andy Warhol
231 East 47 Street
New York, New York

Dear Mr. Warhol:

We have been advised that you have been giving parties in the fourth floor space occupied by you. We understand that they are generally large parties and are held after usual office hours. We have found that your guests have left debris and litter in the public areas which you have never bothered to clean. Further, we feel that a congregation of the number of people such as you have had may be contrary to various applicable governmental rules and regulations and also might present a serious problem with the Fire Department regulations.

Your lease, of course, does not permit such use and occupancy and you hereby directed not to have any such parties in this building.

Very truly yours,

ELK REALTY, INC., Agents

(Signed)

Alfred R. Goldstein
President

ARG:sd

Sources and Additional Readings:
The Factory — Letters of Note
The ‘constant photographer:’ the lesser-known side of Andy Warhol — Madison.com
Andy Warhol’s Cameras — The Shutter Goes Click
Party People #1: Andy Warhol — Reprise
The Factory — Wikipedia
Andy Warhol — Wikipedia

Do you have any insights on this letter, or Warhol’s landlord issues? Share them with us with a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle

2 comments

  1. panelomo

    panelomo

    The Factory Girl is a must see - you would definitely want to be in this factory :) http://m.imdb.com/ti(…)/tt0432402/

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  2. plasticpopsicle

    plasticpopsicle

    @panelomo Thank you for your recommendation, will include that in my to-watch list! :)

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