Litchfield Towers, Pitt

Submitted by Yin on Mon, 10/08/2012 - 07:47
Alternate Names: 
Tower Dormitories
Architect Name: 
Deeter & Ritchey
Date(s): 
1963
Neighborhood: 
East – Oakland

Location

Oakland; 3990 5th Avenue
United States
40° 26' 33.5328" N, 79° 57' 24.0408" W

Litchfield Towers, commonly referred to on campus as "Towers," was designed by the architectural firm of Deeter & Ritchey.  The complex was completed in 1963 and was named for former chancellor Edward Litchfield following his death in an airplane crash in 1968. The original proposal for the "unusual skyscraper dormitory" complex, designed by Dahlen Ritchey of the architectural firm of Deeter & Ritchey, was unveiled in June, 1960 and called for three towers to contain living quarters with unobstructed views for 1,868 male students. The towers were preliminarily designated as A, B, and C, with undergraduates to occupy tower A and B and graduate students tower C. The towers would rising from a three story base that included a dining room accommodating 14,000 students, serving men from the towers and women from the nearby Schenley Quadrangle residences, as well a parking garage in its bottom level. Construction was initially delayed a year due to perceived high expense, but the dormitories opened in September, 1963 at a cost of $14 million with initially 1,150 residents filling approximately two-thirds of the spaces.
 
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