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Silver Towers — Landmarked Nov. 18, 2008


Landmark Applications
100-110 Bleecker Street
Silver Towers (University Village)

Thank you for all of your support! The Silver Towers complex was designated a New York City landmark on Novmber 18, 2008.

Display your support with a variety of Silver Towers shirts from GVSHP

West Village Patch

Villager 09/16/09

Globe & Mail 04/16/09

11/18/08 Landmarking covered in:
Crains NY
NY Times
NY Post
New York Observer
New York Magazine
The Real Deal

City Realty
Washington Square News
Preservation Magazine
AIA e-Oculus

NY1 06/25/08

Metro NY 06/25/08

NY Times 6/24/08

Silver Towers (University Village) LPC Designation Report

Determination of Eligibility for listing on State and National Register of Historic Places

Silver Towers Photo Set on Flickr

Silver Towers Landmark Designation Proposal

Letters of Support from Elected Officials

Testimony in Support of Silver Towers

Seeking superblock zoning clarification from NYU and its response

Washington Square Southeast Urban Renewal Plan (4th Amended)

The Silver Towers complex consists of three 30-story towers built 40 years ago as part of an urban renewal project; two towers house NYU faculty, while the third, 505 LaGuardia Place, is an affordable residential co-op for local residents which NYU was required to build as a giveback to the community to replace housing they destroyed to make way for the complex.

The Silver Towers superblock complex was assembled in the early 1960s by Robert Moses and given to NYU for “slum clearance” and expansion of their campus. However, due to the outcry over the loss of housing on the site, NYU was required to erect an affordable residential co-op within the development to offset the loss to the community. Up-and-coming architect I. M. Pei was chosen to design the complex, which ended up being a watershed design in his career and a boldly innovative work with cutting edge applications of technology and materials, utilizing innovative thinking about urban planning, use of space, and sculptural form. The complex also included a striking 36 ft.-tall version of Picasso’s sculpture “Portrait of Sylvette,” built especially for the site, one of only two public outdoor Picasso sculptures in the Western Hemisphere.

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