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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2021 07:28 am
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Andrew Block


Joined: Thu Apr 26th, 2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Edward Clark was the brains behind the Singer operation. Isaac Singer was apparently a brilliant inventor but a complete wackjob behind the scenes. Married multiple times and fathered many children. Clark hit upon financing and trade-ins, which allowed the Singer sewing machine to find its way into many homes across the US.

Clark was also a real estate developer, known primarily for developing the Dakota on the upper West side of Manhattan in 1884. The Dakota was the first "luxury" building in New York, built specially to woo people who would otherwise live in private homes into multi unit dwellings. The apartments ranged from 4 to 20 rooms and were detailed with coal burning fireplaces and inlaid floors. Clark built himself a large apartment on the 7th floor, including a living room that was 49'x24'. Clark put his own apartment on the upper floors to try to popularize upper floor living, as elevators were primitive at the time. Dakota elevators were water powered when it was originally built. Clark died before the building was completed and left it to his 12 year old grandson. 

The Dakota would later gain notoriety by being featured as the Bramford in "Rosemary's Baby", and later, as the site of John Lennons assassination. I lived there in the early 2000's in what was once the servants quarters on the upper floors. It was an amazing building to explore; the interior is virtually unchanged in the public spaces from when the building was built.

Mike Kearns wrote: Singer Corporation is an American manufacturer of domestic sewing machines, first established as I. M. Singer & Co. in 1851 by Isaac Merritt Singer with New York lawyer Edward Clark. Best known for its sewing machines, it was renamed Singer Manufacturing Company in 1865, then the Singer Company in 1963. It is based in La Vergne, Tennessee, near Nashville. Its first large factory for mass production was built in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1863. - Wikipedia]

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