Wayne State University Chatsworth Tower Apartments Tenants Association Records

Accession Number: 
WSR002678
Extent: 
.5 linear feet, (1 MB)
Date: 
1968-1983

The Chatsworth Tower Apartments were built in 1929. The nine story building is nestled within Wayne State University’s campus at 630 Merrick Street. Once owned by Otto Wismer of Bondholders Management, Inc., the University attempted to purchase the building in 1951. Although the parties did not originally agree on the terms of sale, the University eventually purchased the building in 1961.

The building historically gave tenant preference to University faculty and at one point was primarily occupied by Wayne’s academic employees. As housing options changed, the building admitted more graduate students and currently houses both upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, and some faculty members. Additionally, Preservation Wayne fought for Chatsworth Tower to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for which they were rewarded the designation in 1986.

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