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Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures The Architecture and Development of New York City with Andrew S. Dolkart
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In the 1960s—which is a period of very poor-quality apartment-house construction, for the most part—there were a few efforts at designing apartment houses that were more distinguished. And to me the most spectacular of these is Chatham Towers between the courthouses of Foley Square and Chinatown.

These are two concrete buildings that rise like a pair of minimalist pieces of sculpture. They're beautifully shaped in a sculptural way, and they use concrete in a very dramatic and dynamic manner, both on the lower floors and on the form of the building itself. And at the top where the water tower for the buildings is, it's encased in a concrete frame with little cutouts on it to give you a sort of playful look on the top of these massive sculptural apartment houses.


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