Panhellenic Tower

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

3 Mitchell Place

ARCHITECT: John Mead Howells

DATE: 1927-30

STYLE: Gothic-inspired, Art Deco

Art Deco Gothic-inspired Manhattan Murray Hill

Erected in 1927-29 as a residence and clubhouse for women belonging to national Greek-letter college sororities, the Panhellenic Tower provided affordable housing for young college-educated women who were entering the workforce in record numbers in the 1920s. The tower is renowned for its dramatic volumetric massing and bold vertical striping created by deeply recessed window-and-spandrel bays set between narrow piers which rise unbroken from a two-story base to a parapet crown. Though sparsely decorated, the building incorporates handsome Gothic-inspired Art Deco ornament by the leading architectural sculptor Rene Chambellan.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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