Chatham Towers, 180 Park Row

between Pearl Street & Worth Street   |    Lower East Side

Chatham Towers - 180 Park Row

Chatham Towers, 180 Park Row has received a CityRealty Rating of 84, based on:

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  • #11 Rated co-op - Downtown
$766 Avg. Price / Ft2
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$568 Avg. Price / Ft2
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    • Chambers Street (at Church) (0.47 miles)


One of the city's more important "modern" apartment complexes, this enclave of two, bold and innovative, 25-story towers on a triangular block near City Hall and Chinatown is one of three major examples in the city of "Brutalism." The other two are the Whitney Museum of American Art on Madison Avenue at 75th Street and the PanAm (now MetLife) Building straddling Park Avenue at 45th Street.

These buildings at 170 and 180 Park Row in Chinatown are known as "Chatham Towers."

They are aggressive structures that project a great sense of strength and independence. They are not politically correct in terms of architecture in that they ignore, if not overwhelm, their surroundings and context.

Chatham Towers, which has a doorman and central air-conditioning. was once said to have been the city s first residential housing built of exposed concrete poured on site.

The rawness of its concrete façades has relegated it to the "Brutalist" school of architecture that was popular around the time the project was erected. "Brutalist," unfortunately, implies a perjorative description, but the rawness can also connotate unadorned, original, purity and, more importantly, power and strength, two qualities that Chatham Towers continue to convey very effectively.

This project was designed by Kelly & Gruzen for the Association for Middle Income Housing and was built as a cooperative in 1964. They are notable for their distinctive trapezoidal openings in the rooftop watertank enclosures and even...

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Features & Amenities

  • FT Doorman
  • Hi Rise
  • Post War
  • Central AC
  • Full Service Garage
  • Garden
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator


  • Important modern residential enclave
  • Spectacular views of Lower Manhattan
  • Surrounded by Chinatown
  • Close to South Street Seaport
  • Built-in Venetian Blinds
  • Many Balconies
  • Garage


  • Considerable Traffic
  • No health club
  • No roof deck

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