Baychester and Murphy Houses

The Arthur H. Murphy & the Baychester Houses are a part of the NextGeneration NYCHA initiative in which fully public houses will be converted to Section 8 housing. As a part of this initiative we were engaged to create a pre-schematic design that would propose comprehensive renovations to the complexes. The proposed design would address roofing replacement, entry upgrades, kitchen upgrades, bathroom upgrades, and facade repairs.

The Arthur H. Murphy Houses were constructed in the early 1960s, located in the heart of the Bronx. With a northern boundary of the Cross Bronx Expressway, the two 20-story buildings sit on nearly 2.5 acres. Paired with the community center and playground, Murphy Houses provide ample access to green space due to its proximity to Tremont and Crotona Parks. There are 281 apartment units in the two towers.

Baychester Houses were also constructed in the early 1960s, located toward the northern edge of the Bronx. The low-level buildings (6 six stories each) are typical of public houses of the time in which each building is surrounded by green space. There are 441 apartment units in the 12 buildings.


Architectural Staff
Ester Martin Areste
Jake LaChapelle
Bruce G. Nelligan
Emily Wetherbee
Project Team

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)