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Edgar Domingo Evia y Joutard, known professionally as Edgar de Evia, was a Mexican-born American interiors photographer.
Born: July 30, 1910, Mérida, Mexico
Died: February 10, 2003, New York City, New York, United States
Education: The Dalton School
Lived: Quiet Corner, 12 Hill Rd, Greenwich, CT 06830, USA (41.06536, -73.60869)
Rhinelander Waldo House, 867 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021, USA (40.77143, -73.96542)
Buried: Church of the Transfiguration Columbarium, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA, Plot: Columbarium

Edgar de Evia owned Quiet Corner in Hill Road in Greenwich, Connecticut, the old house of Clyde Fitch. It was in this house where he was happier in the 1960s.
Address: 12 Hill Rd, Greenwich, CT 06830, USA (41.06536, -73.60869)
Type: Private Property
Currently no. 12 Hill Road is a lovely home sitting on 1.13 Acres, surrounded by green space. Mature trees soring 60-80 feet. It has an original Italian landscape design from the 1920’s. Original Walls and Blue Stone Artisinal Craftmenship. Quiet neighborhood, built in 1977 high on a hill, former Quiet Corner Estate, last sold in 1999 for $1,700,000. The original Quiet Corner was built by architect Benjamin William Morris for William Clyde Fitch, completed circa Dec. 1903, with later additions by John Wesley Baxter.
Notable queer residents in Greenwich:
• Truman Capote (1924–1984), writer, moved to town with his family in 1939, attended Greenwich High School.
• Wanda Sykes (born 1964), comedian and actress, lives in town
Who: Edgar Domingo Evia y Joutard (July 30, 1910 – February 10, 2003) aka Edgar de Evia
During almost two decades Edgar de Evia’s house and study were in the three higher floors of 867 Madison Avenue, the present main store of Ralph Lauren and in this rural residence. When the relationship of his companion Robert Denning with Vincent Fourcade began and they formed Denning & Fourcade, they remained in New York. This took to the formation of the company Denning & Fourcade and the dissolution of the one of Edgar de Evia. Douglas James Johnson (1937-1998) was a painter who lived in Michigan and France. Douglas Johnson is known for painting, collage, mixed media, drawing, teaching. He did many paintings of the Edgar de Evia home Quiet Corner on Hill Road in Greenwich, CT. These were done in the early 1960s when Johnson had his studio over the garage of this home and was in a relationship with de Evia for several years before moving to Iran. He had an exhibition at a gallery Rive Gauche in Daren, CT in the early 1960s.

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Edgar de Evia leased the Rhinelander Mansion in the 1950s and 1960s, used as his residence, and often rented out portions of as studios and offices.
Address: 867 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021, USA (40.77143, -73.96542)
Type: Private Property
National Register of Historic Places: 80002727, 1980
Built in 1898, Design by Alexander Mackintosh (1861-1945)
The Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo House is a French Renaissance revival mansion located at 867 Madison Avenue on the corner of East 72nd Street in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Although the house had been commissioned by Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo, the eccentric heiress never moved into it, preferring to live across the street. The mansion was modeled on the chateaux of the Loire Valley in France. Architecture critic Henry Hope Reed Jr. has observed about it: “The fortress heritage of the rural, royal residences of the Loire was not lost in the transfer to New York. The roof-line is very fine... The Gothic is found in the high-pitched roof of slate, the high, ornate dormers and the tall chimneys. The enrichment is early Renaissance, especially at the center dormers on both facades of the building, which boast colonnettes, broken entablatures, finials on high bases, finials in relief and volutes. In fact, although the dormers are ebullient, ornamentation is everywhere, even in the diamond-shaped pattern in relief on the chimneys (traceable to Chambord.)” The first floor was a large center hall with rooms on each side for reception and servants activities. The second floor housed the main salon, the dining room and the butler’s pantry. The third floor was where the master bedroom was located while the fourth floor housed the servants quarters and guest bedrooms. The building remained vacant until 1921, at which time the first floor was converted into stores and two apartments were carved out of the upper four floors. Commercial enterprises which have used the location at various times include an antique store, Christie’s auction house and a Zabar’s-owned restaurant. Photographer Edgar de Evia first saw the duplex apartment on the fourth and fifth floors when it was occupied by Dr. Stanton, a homeopathic physician who de Evia consulted on the recommendation of Dr. Guy Beckley Stearns, for whom de Evia worked as a researcher. When de Evia’s photographic career was taking off in the late 1940s the duplex became available and he rented it as his home with his companion and business partner Robert Denning and his mother Miirrha Alhambra, the former Paula Joutard de Evia. It would remain his home for over 15 years. The building was owned by the 867 Madison Corporation in the 1950s, which offered it to de Evia for sale or net lease in 1956. At that time he created Denvia Realty Corporation with his partner Denning and they entered into a ten-year net lease, becoming the landlords of the building. At this time de Evia and Denning began using the entire third floor for de Evia’s studios, while the fourth floor, the lower floor of their original duplex, contained the living room, dining room, ballroom and de Evia’s mother’s bedroom. The fifth and top floor contained the master bedroom which had a bathroom at either end and the servants’ rooms. Offices on the second floor were rented to the interior decorators Tate and Hall, among others. The shops on the street level included the Pharmacy on the corner and the Rhinelander Florist on the Madison Avenue side. After meeting Vincent Fourcade in 1959 Denning started to entertain prospective decorating clients in the apartment while de Evia was at his Greenwich, Connecticut estate. These included Ogden and Lillian Phipps and led to the forming of Denning & Fourcade. By 1963 de Evia took the fifth floor and converted it into his own residence, opening up the smaller rooms. The 10 rooms on the fourth floor were at this time rented to the restaurateur Larry Ellman, owner of the Cattleman Restaurant. During the Denvia net lease the building was sold by the 867 Madison Avenue Corporation to Central Ison, Ltd. for US$590,000. From 1967 until the early 1980s a nearby church used the top two floors for their offices. Ralph Lauren obtained the net lease in 1983 and started a massive overhaul of the building to create his Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store. Naomi Leff supervised the rehabilitation of the building. It took around 18 months working in the final months around the clock. Published figures put the cost around $14–15 million. Ownership of the building has changed several times during his lease; from US$6.4 million in 1984, five years later in 1989 it sold for US$43 million, and the most recent sale in 2005 was reported at a record US$80 million.
Who: Edgar Domingo Evia y Joutard (July 30, 1910 – February 10, 2003) aka Edgar de Evia
Edgar de Evia was a Mexican-born American photographer. In a career that spanned the 1940s through the 1990s, his photography appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Town & Country, House & Garden, Look and The New York Times Magazine and advertising campaigns for Borden Ice Cream, Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation, Jell-O among other corporations. In the 1950s, de Evia’s companion and business partner was Robert Denning, who worked in his studio and who would become a leading interior designer and partner in the firm Denning & Fourcade. From 1966 until his death, de Evia’s companion and business partner was David McJonathan-Swarm. Edgar de Evia, age 92, died at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City from pneumonia following a broken hip. His ashes were interred in the columbarium of the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City.

Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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Amazon (print): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1532901909/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
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