Not far from the point where Vine Street turns into Rossmore, a tall and elegant row of apartment buildings appears. Mae West owned the Ravenswood and lived in the penthouse until her death in 1980. John F. Kennedy lived in the penthouse of the streamlined classic moderne Mauretania, designed by Milton J. Black for actor Jack Haley (the Tin Man), during the Democratic National Convention in the summer of 1960 and rendezvoused with Marilyn Monroe. And the El Royale in recent years has been called a dormitory for agents and others with entertainment glamour jobs.

Rossmore roster

540 North

501 North

601 North

The Mauretania at 520 North

601 North

Detail of Country Club Manor at 315 North

(above and below): Two views of the Ravnswood at 570 North

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