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News August 2012

Summer developments in Goshen, NY: Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center

August 28, 2012

The World Monuments Fund, Paul Rudolph Foundation and DOCOMOMO NY/ Tri-State have been following developments in Goshen and working to move a renovate and reuse plan forward for the Paul Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center (OCGC). In July, designLAB Boston gave a tour of its restoration of the UMass Dartmouth Library designed by Paul Rudolph to eight legislators and two members of LaBella Associates, Orange County’s construction consultants, to show them the potential for restoring the Government Center. Recently, several groups, including some press and members of the County’s Special Legislative Committee on OCGC, were allowed into the building to see its condition and better evaluate the extent of work needed to return it to useful service as a public building. This access was in large part a result of efforts by the preservation organizations working to save the Center. At hearings in August, Frank Sanchis of the World Monuments Fund was one of many individuals from both sides of the debate who testified in front of the Special Legislative Committee on OCGC as part of its investigative assignment. The proceedings were videotaped and are available for download. In addition, the full legislature has now approved a forensic study of the building.

The final report from the Committee is due when the legislature meets on September 6. At some point thereafter the legislature will vote again on whether to renovate the building or demolish and build a new facility. The fate of Rudolph’s fine civic building remains in flux.