Who is Eleanor?
not-for-profit organisation founded in 1955 to make gifts to the
Glasgow School of Art for the maintenance of the MacKintosh building,
and to assist in providing scholarship and reciprocal studies in the
United States and Glasgow. Members interested in the architecture and
art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and other Glasgow architects and
artists may take advantage of special events and tours.
not the MacKintosh Building. The MacKintosh Building is in Glasgow, and
as best we can tell, Charles Rennie Mackintosh never designed any
buildings in New York City. According to real estate records, the
is owned by 31 West
56th Street Property, Inc. Who owns this corporation? Who knows?
That's the whole point of incorporating.
This leaves us
Eleanor Taffner. Who is she? Who is it who must obey her?
According to Scotland Magazine:
The awards ceremony began with the American Scottish Federation’s Wallace Award, presented to American Scots in recognition of their contributions to Society. Mr. Alain Bain, president of ASF, presented Don and Eleanor Taffner with this year’s award.Could this be Donald Taffner Jr, or perhaps it is Donald Taffner Sr? The IMDB has two Donald Taffners. We can surmise that they bear some relation to this imperious Eleanor, she of 31 West 56th Street. UPDATE: According to an anonymous email received this 20th of June, the it is the senior Mr. Taffner:
Some other tenants of the building include Americorps, the British Academy of Film and Televison Arts, and Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project. None of these groups has an Eleanor. While we don't subscribe to the "we saw it on the internet, so it must be true" school, it sure seems that 31 West 56th Street really is Eleanor's Building!
Thank you Eleanor (and Donald), you have now been awarded the epithet "She Who Must Be Researched".
UPDATE - 16 October 2005 - The New York Times seems to have caught up with Eleanor .
UPDATE - 12 December 2006 - Eleanor's building has been sold! Back in August, Eleanor's daughter sent us an email explaining the situation, and we somehow or another misfiled it and have waited MONTHS before updating our site. So, here is probably our final post on the building, courtesy of One Who Should Know:
The phrase was a reference to the show, but also a recoginition of my mom, who did, find the building for the company; and must, indeed, be obeyed.
The company recently moved, and the clock now resides on the campus of St. John's University in Queens, NY. Don Sr. is an active alum of the school and Eleanor is on the Board of Trustees.
We Kalebergs would like to thank all the Taffners and other informants in this matter for their information, and we would particularly like to thank the Taffners for the pleasure of a good mystery and for helping make New York City such a wonderful place to explore.
UPDATE - 16 September 2010 - We noticed a spike in traffic on this page. If the internet is correct, She Who Must Be Obeyed has died. We only knew her through an odd motto on a midtown building, and we mourn her passing. Our condolences to her family and friends.