The Marseilles

The Marseilles, WSFSSH’s inaugural project, was originally constructed in the early 1900s as a luxury residence hotel.. Following World War II, it served as a resettlement site for displaced Eastern European Jews under the auspices of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HAIS). However, by the mid-1970s, the building lay abandoned and in disrepair. Recognizing its potential, WSFSSH embarked on acquisition negotiations with Bankers Trust, eventually acquiring the property. Renovations commenced in November 1978, transforming the space into 134 apartments catering to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities. The Marseilles officially opened its doors on July 9, 1980, offering a mix of one-bedroom and studio units for those with very limited incomes. From its inception, the building has provided on-site social services, despite the absence of mandated funding at the time.

Building Overview


230 West 103rd Street New York, NY 10025

Date Opened

June 28, 1980

Number of Units

134 independent apartments for elderly and/or physically handicapped persons with low incomes


Beyer Blinder Belle Architects

General Contractor

Graphic Building Systems, Inc.

Building Services

WSFSSH’s unwavering commitment ensures that crucial support services are available to residents, setting a precedent for compassionate care.

24 Hour Security
On-Site Laundry Services
Active Recreation Program
On-Site Social Work Services