Landmark status for Meier-designed village housing complex

The Richard Meier-designed Westbeth housing complex, located at 463 West Street in the West Village, has finally achieved landmark status, Curbed reported.

The 383 units, which were originally designed as live-work spaces for artists, are housed within 13 buildings, comprising an entire city block, bound on the north by Bethune Street; on the east by Washington Street; on the south by Bank Street; and on the west by West Street. They were designed by Meier in 1968, before he became famous.

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Preservationists have been campaigning for the buildings to be landmarked since 2004, Curbed noted. They’re already on the state and national registers of historic places. The complex is reportedly in a state of disrepair, and requires plumbing and roof fixes.

Westbeth has been home to a number of influential artists including photographer Diane Arbus and actor Robert de Niro. [Curbed]