Silver Towers now a city landmark
Seven sites were designated as city landmarks Tuesday including a "superblock" of three 30-story residential towers designed by famed architect I.M. Pei.
The so-called Silver Towers in Greenwich Village were completed in 1967 and are clustered around a sculpture modeled on a piece by Pablo Picasso. Two of the buildings are used for NYU faculty housing, and the third is a co-op apartment building.
Its widely known as one of the finest modern residential complexes in the city, said Robert B. Tierney, chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The configuration, style and park-like setting of the towers create an undeniable tension between the buildings themselves and the space they occupy.
Other buildings that are now protected as landmarks are:
- The Guardian Life Insurance Company Annex at Union Square East.
- The Morris B. Sanders Studio and Apartment in Turtle Bay.
- The New Schools Former Baumann Bros. Store off Union Square West.
- Pratt Institutes Renaissance Revival building in Greenwich Village.
- A former FDNY firehouse in midtown
- A WPA-era pool complex in Red Hook
-- amNewYork with AP