Designed by I.M. Pei, Silver Towers/University Village consists of three identical buildings that are classic examples of mid-century architecture.
The 30-story buildings on Houston St. between LaGuardia Place and Mercer St. were completed in 1967, part of Robert Moses’s master plan to reinvent Greenwich Village. NYU owns the two South towers; the other is a co-op.
“It’s widely known as one of the finest modern residential complexes in the city,” Robert B. Tierney, the chairman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission told The New York Times when the buildings were landmarked in 2008. “The configuration, style and park-like setting of the towers create an undeniable tension between the buildings themselves and the space they occupy.”