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Renovation or Rubble for Paul Rudolph’s Signature Commission

June 22, 2011

In its Spring 2011 Bulletin, the Recent Past Preservation Network features an excellent article on the situation surrounding Paul Rudolph designed Orange County Government Center (1968-1971) in Goshen, NY. The article includes stunning period photos of the building if you need a reminder of why this is a signature Rudolph building. The author, NY Legislator Myrna Kemnitz, outlines a compelling rationale for restoring Rudolph’s architectural masterpiece and upgrading its mechanical systems in lieu of demolition, which is currently favored by the County Executive, Edward Diana. Kemnitz provides an overview of the building’s history to articulate the architectural significance of this civic landmark, and backs her case with data showing why saving it makes both economic and environmental sense. Note: the outcome of the spring RFP process mentioned in the article has not been made public. As soon as we have more information we will share it in a future post.

“Renovation or Rubble” article [pdf]
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Orange County Government Center. Photo by Joseph Molito. Courtesy of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University