Chelsea-Elliot Houses

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Part of the Chelsea-Elliott Houses development

The Chelsea-Elliot Houses is a combined housing project of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), located between West 25th and 27th Streets and Ninth and Tenth Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It consists of two contiguous projects which were originally separate but have been combined for administrative purposes: the John Lovejoy Elliot Houses, named after the founder of the Hudson Guild, has four 11- and 12-story buildings which accommodate over 1400 residents in 589 apartments.[1] The Chelsea Houses has over 1,000 residents in 426 apartments within two 21-story buildings.[2]


Prior to development, the Elliot Houses were criticized by the US Housing Authority who cited the land value being higher than other housing projects. NYCHA broke ground in December 1945 and were completed on July 15, 1947. Designed by William Lescaze, they were one of the first examples of high rise tower in the park style.[1][3] The Chelsea Houses were designed by architect Paul L Wood[4] and construction started in 1961 and completed on May 31, 1964.[5][2] The Chelsea Houses were aided by the state for $8.3 million.[4]

In 2012, NYCA converted a parking lot in the development into a 168 unit building for low-to-middle-income households.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Elliot Houses" Archived October 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine on the NYCHA website
  2. ^ a b "Chelsea Houses" Archived June 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine on the NYCHA website
  3. ^ Caramellino, Gaia (2016-08-17). Europe Meets America: William Lescaze, Architect of Modern Housing. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 9781443898423.
  4. ^ a b "NEW CITY HOUSING TO COST 83 MILLION; Record Program Calls for More Than 5,500 Homes NEW CITY HOUSING TO COST 83 MILLION". New York Times. April 26, 1961. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  5. ^ "CHELSEA HOUSING SET; Work to Start in December on 2 Buildings With 425 Flats". New York Times. August 21, 1961. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  6. ^ Navarro, Mireya (2015-10-23). "In Chelsea, a Great Wealth Divide". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-10.

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