The Dakota building in New York city, seen in this video is currently a cooperative apartment building. It was originally built in 1884 and hasn’t been substantially altered in any way through the years.
As the video amply shows, the architectural details of the building are complex and attractive and draw on a rich European heritage.
It was called the Dakota because when it was first built it was remote from the most densely inhabitited parts of Manhattan, so far out west it was like being in Dakota.
It has always been the home of the well-to-do with many amentities that could only be afforded by wealthy people at the time it was built, such as elevators, electricity generated from it’s own plant and central heating.
Today apart from being known as a very attractive piece of New York architecture with apartments still only affordable by the wealthy, it is also the place where celebrated musician John Lennon was killed.
He moved in with his wife Yoko Ono in 1973 and was killed outside of the Dakota, just as he arrived home 7 years later.
His murderer was Mark David Chapman who spent most of the day outside the Dakota even interracting with Lennon earlier in the day to get an autograph and then finally shooting him at approxiamtely 11pm on the 8th December 1980.
Chapmans had various explanations for his actions but they all boiled down to very disordered thinking though he was not insane, just given to paranoid and narcissistic ruminations. He didn’t try to escape and was arrested as soon as the police arrived.
Even though John Lennon was taken by police car to nearby Roosevelt Hospital his injuries were so severe doctors couldn’t help him. At the moment he was pronounced dead, the Beatles song ‘All My Loving’ came on over the Hospital sound system.
There is an ‘Imagine’ memorial to Lennon in Central Park within seeing distance from the Dakota and millions of people annually go there to pay homage to him.