Remembering Jack Lord

Jack & Marie At Home



"There is something Jack can do -- on his free days -- in fact, it's a trait he has which annoys me," Marie

confessed. "I'll never figure out how a man who leads the orderly, disciplined life Jack does six days

a week, can completely revert to a state of timelessness when he's not on call. For instance, when we

do make a date to go out with people, I have to keep following him around or he'll never be ready.

If I don't keep reminding him, it will be 6 p.m., and he'll be sitting at his easel still mixing paints. After

23 years, I still can't understand him. He completely loses track of time. There's another thing he does

which gets to me, too. He has a marvelous facility for entering a room just when I'm in the middle of

telling a joke and, like a kid, he always jumps in and gives the punch line."


Jack smiled. "Guilty as charged -- on both counts."

                                                                                                                          ~ Marie and Jack Lord


Source: Borie, Marcia. "The Jack Lord Nobody Knows" in Good Housekeeping. October 1975.



Jack married Marie DeNarde on January 17, 1949. From then until 1957, they lived in Marie's long-time apartment at 212 East 48th Street, Manhattan, New York City. See a picture.


In 1957, they moved to California. They lived at "The Voltaire" at 1424 N. Crescent Heights Boulevard. Built by architect Leland Bryant in 1930, the French Normandy building comprised 40 apartments on 7 floors. Hardwood floors and French mouldings were featured in each room, while the bathroom featured claw-foot tubs and black-and-white ceramic tile octagons. In the 1980s, the building was converted into a hotel and renamed The Granville. Today, it is once again an apartment building. It is still upscale and still attractive to celebrities. Current residents are remodeling the units; some retain the classic details, while others replace them with contemporary ones. To see pictures, go to this picture: See a picture.


It seems there was a bad fire in 1935, at The Voltaire apartments. Read about it here: http://www.lafire.com/stations/archive/articles/fs027_1939000c_VoltaireFire.htm


In 1968, they moved to Honolulu. After initially living in a penthouse apartment at the Ilikai Hotel, they purchased  a large and luxurious condominium at 4999 Kahala Avenue, Apartment #372. It was located in the Kahala Beach Apartments.


Kahala Beach is a stretch of coastline that runs from Black Point, at the southeastern foot of Diamond Head, eastward to the Kahala Hotel. It overlooks Maunalua Bay, which stretches from Diamond Head to Koko Head. The name "Maunalua" means "two mountains."


Jack and Marie purchased their 3,500-square-foot home in 1970, when they were sure that Hawaii Five-0 was going to be a success. The apartment featured a massive living room, a dining room, a sizable kitchen, two master suites, two more bedrooms, three bathrooms, and two lanais. Walls in the living areas were painted white; carpeting was avocado green, which was the color in that day and age; and accent pieces were yellow. In most cases, the furnishings were mid-century modern. The living room contained a white sectional sofa that curved to form a ninety-degree angle, a marble-top coffee table, and slender, low-back occasional chairs with Danish modern legs. The walls were adorned with many works of art, some of which had been created by Jack, but some of which had been painted by such artists as Paul Gauguin and Jean Charlot. The kitchen featured pumpkin-colored cabinets, for Jack and Marie loved warm colors, and as Marie said, she did not like a kitchen that appeared cold and sterile. See pictures: http://www.trulia.com/homes/Hawaii/Honolulu/sold/20247676-4999-Kahala-Ave-372-Honolulu-HI-96816.


Jack and Marie owned other units within the Kahala Beach Apartments. Some, they rented out, while one provided office space for managing Lord & Lady Enterprises, Inc. It was there that Marie spent most of her time, for she was Jack's manager and publicist.


After Marie's death, the condo was put on the market. It remained on the market for about two years before it sold. One report said it originally listed for $2 million; another source said $2.8 million. When it sold in March 2008, it went for $800,000.


Several factors contributed to the sharp decline in the value of the property. First, the real estate market in general was declining at the time. Second, the owner of the land raised the land lease what one source called "astronomically." This had the effect of making ownership difficult, if not impossible, for most people. Third, the land lease would expire only twenty years after the date of sale. Because most lending institutions will not finance property for longer than the time remaining on a land lease, the number of qualified buyers was further reduced. Read more about it: http://archives.starbulletin.com/2006/05/16/business/story02.html.




The Kahala Beach Apartments figured in three episodes of Hawaii Five-0:


-- "Full Fathom Five" (Season 1). Joyce's (Patricia Smith) hotel room was actually an apartment at the Kahala Beach Apartments.

-- "Along Came Joey" (Season 1). The scene where Phil Kalama (Frank DeKova) interviewed Lois Walker (Jean Hale) was filmed on the peninsula behind Jack's condo. We don't actually see the Kahala Beach Apartments, but as Kalama turns and walks away, we do see a portion of the Kahala Hilton in the background.

-- "How to Steal a Masterpiece" (Season  7). Steve walks down several steps at the Kahala Beach Apartments and out to his car just before his and Danno's Sunday sail is spoiled by a call to come out to the Ogden home.

 

Front Facade

 

Rear Facade

 Jack and Marie lived on the 3rd floor (drapes drawn).

Peninsula behind Jack and Marie's apartment

Another shot of the peninsula

Kite surfer and outrigger canoeists

See Where Jack and Marie Lived


This video tracks a flight from Maui to HNL as it passes the southern shoreline of O'ahu. At 0:25, you will see the Kahala Hotel with the Kahala Beach Apartments before it. Jack and Marie lived in the building closest to the hotel.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp6Xq-mjOhg


To help you orient yourself, the flight passes Koko Head, Maunalua Bay, Kahala Hilton, Kahala Beach Apartments, Kahala neighborhood, Black Point (the peninsula just before Diamond Head), Diamond Head crater, Kapi'olani Park, the Gold Coast (hotels and condos at the foot of Diamond Head and Kapi'olani Park), the Natatorium/War Memorial, San Souci Park and the Aquarium, Waikiki with a close-up of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (the Sheraton Waikiki is the tall building to its left), Fort DeRussy, Rainbow Tower, Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, Ilikai Hotel, Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, Ala Wai Canal, Magic Island/Ala Moana Beach Park with the Ala Moana Shopping Center behind it, a close-up of the new skyscrapers that are filling in between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, Kewalo Basin, more shopping, offices, and apartments with Punchbowl crater behind them, Honolulu Harbor with downtown Honolulu in the background (the Aloha Tower is dwarfed by the new high rises behind it), Sand Island, intermodal yard in Honolulu Harbor, light industrial area, airport perimeter road, and HNL with its beloved "Aloha - Honolulu International Airport" sign. The aircraft lands from northeast to southwest.


Jack's Ilikai Condo

In May 2016, one of the Ilikai penthouse apartments came up for sale. The asking price was $3,550,000!!!


This apartment is where Jack and Marie lived before they bought their condo in Kahala. The lanai is where Jack stood in the opening scenes of Hawaii Five-0. According to the webmaster of Honolulu Then and Now, on Facebook, A Saudi gentleman lived in the next apartment and had guards in the hallway. This scenario made its way onto Hawaii Five-0 in "Tour de Force - Killer Aboard" (Season 9).



I sit on a lone bench on a small peninsula and am surrounded by lush, green foliage that only grows in tropical islands. The palm trees blow in the trade winds, providing welcome relief from the intense sunlight that reminds me that I am only twenty degrees above the equator. Close to shore, the shallow water is the palest shade of aqua that intensifies as the ocean deepens until it is a dark navy blue. An outrigger canoe makes its way through the water and along the shoreline en route to a destination unknown to me. It passes a kite surfer, who cuts through the water as cleanly as a knife through warm butter.



                                                                                     ~ Webmaster, Remembering Jack Lord



All photographs on this page were taken by the webmaster.