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Wayne State University Chatsworth Tower Apartments Tenants Association Records

 Collection
Identifier: WSR002678
This collection contains correspondence from the Chatsworth Tenants Association. The correspondence largely consists of complaints about pest control, parking security, deteriorating building conditions, and rising costs of rent. Additionally, the collection documents correspondence between Wayne State University’s Department of Housing and the building representative. The correspondence also notes the tight-knit community of tenants in the late sixties, seventies, and early eighties.

Dates

  • 1968 - 1983

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 MB)

Abstract

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 for $900,000, while Bondholders Management, Inc. simultaneously made a $100,000 donation to Wayne University.

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 to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for which they were rewarded the designation in 1986.

This collection contains correspondence from the Chatsworth Tenants Association. The correspondence largely consists of complaints about pest control, parking security, deteriorating building conditions, and rising costs of rent. Additionally, the collection documents correspondence between Wayne State University’s Department of Housing and the building representative. The correspondence also notes the tight-knit community of tenants in the late sixties, seventies, and early eighties.

History

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 for $900,000, while Bondholders Management, Inc. simultaneously made a $100,000 donation to Wayne University.

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 to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for which they were rewarded the designation in 1986.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically and chronologically.

Acquisition

This collection was donated in 2015.

Related Materials

Charles K. Hyde Papers, Wayne State University Auxiliary Activities Office Records, Wayne University Citizens' Committee Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Meghan McGowan on January 28, 2016.
Title
Guide to the Wayne State University Chatsworth Tower Apartments Tenants Association Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Meghan McGowan.
Date
2016-01-28
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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