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Christiana Towers Apartments

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1970–1972, Charles Luckman Associates
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Bigger enrollments in the 1960s produced a need for two seventeen-story high-rise towers with commons. Some 1,300 students were to be housed in 452 units. The Luckman firm, of Los Angeles, planned steel-frame structures for the Delaware commission until they realized that the English precast-concrete industrialized housing systems just becoming available in the United States offered a better solution: same price, bigger rooms, soundproofing. The towers were built entirely of concrete slabs manufactured by a Baltimore firm and hoisted into place by crane. Windows were aluminum-and-glass infill within precast spandrels. The towers were pioneering in another way: concerns about wind stresses were resolved using a computer program.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Christiana Towers Apartments", [Newark, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 188-188.

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