Chatsworth Apartments

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Chatsworth Apartments
Location 630 Merrick Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′27″N 83°4′16″W / 42.35750°N 83.07111°W / 42.35750; -83.07111Coordinates: 42°21′27″N 83°4′16″W / 42.35750°N 83.07111°W / 42.35750; -83.07111
Built 1928
Architect Pollmar, Ropes & Lundy
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Other
MPS University-Cultural Center Phase II MRA
NRHP Reference # 86001001[1]
Added to NRHP May 01, 1986

The Chatsworth Apartments is an apartment building located at 630 Merrick Street in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, within the campus of Wayne State University. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]


The Chatsworth Apartments is a nine-story, L-shaped apartment building, built of reinforced concrete with tan-colored brick and tile.[2] It included an underground parking garage with a sixty-five car capacity - an uncommon feature at the time.[2]

The facade of the Chatsworth is divided into three horizontal sections: a heavier base consisting of the first two floors, a center section of floors 3-8, and the capping of the ninth floor. The first two floors are designed with decorative elements, including white stone at the ground level, orangish tiles, balustrades on the second-story windows, and a clearly defined bracketed cornice above the second floor. The main facade includes three strong vertical bays in the main section (floors 3-8) which stand out as columns. Gothic-shaped arches top the ninth-story windows, as well as the second-story windows.[3]

Inside, each of floors 3-9 typically contain 10 living units of varying size, with most containing a living room, dining area, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom.[3]


The Chatsworth was built in 1928 for the realty company T.F. Norris Company from a design by the form of Pollmar, Ropes & Lundy.[3] The apartment building was constructed at a cost of approximately $560,000 to accommodate the influx of residents into Detroit in the 1920s.[2] The original owner was likely Charles A. Gallarno - he certainly owned the land on which the Chatsworth was built, and owned some nearby apartment buildings, but his ownership of the Chatsworth is uncertain.[3]

In 1943, Bondholders Management Inc. acquired the property. As early as 1951, Wayne State University expressed an interest in purchasing the Chatsworth. The University did acquire it in February 1961. As of 2016, the building is owned by Wayne State University, and is used as housing for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.[4]

The university allows families with children to live in Chatsworth Tower.[5] Residents are zoned to Detroit Public Schools.[6] Zoned schools include DPS Foundation for Early Learners @ Edmonson (K-8),[7][8] and King High School (9-12).[9]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Chatsworth Apartments Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ a b c d National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form: Chatsworth Apartments 
  4. ^ Chatsworth Tower Apartments, Wayne State University 
  5. ^ "Community Living Guide Apartments 2011." Wayne State University. 12. Retrieved on October 2, 2011. DeRoy, University Tower, and Chatsworth Tower unfurnished apartments are approved for family housing."
  6. ^ "Contact Us General Office of Housing & Residential Life." Wayne State University. Retrieved on October 2, 2011. "Chatsworth Tower 630 Merrick Detroit, MI 48202" and "Helen L. DeRoy Apartments 5200 Anthony Wayne Drive Detroit, MI 48202" and "University Tower Apartments 4500 Cass Avenue Detroit, MI 48201"
  7. ^ "Elementary Boundaries - 2012/13 School Year." (Archive) Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on November 1, 2012.
  8. ^ "Middle School Boundaries - 2012/13 School Year." (Archive) Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on November 1, 2012.
  9. ^ "High School Boundaries - 2012/13 School Year." (Archive) Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on November 1, 2012.

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