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The demolition of Riverside High School designed by Paul Rudolph began on Saturday, June 13, 2009. Click below for news coverage.

"That summer that I graduated, that I got my Bachelor’s degree, I started to work for a firm in Birmingham, Alabama, and indeed worked for them for the whole year. It wasn’t until this time that I discovered that I did not know really how to put materials together, or how to make working drawings. This came as a rude shock to me. I wanted to design, but I was not fully equipped to design. It affected me tremendously. I remember that year I could hardly talk, literally, for a whole year. But I did learn, as I look back on it, more during that year than any other single year. This was a very bad firm, it so happens. The buildings were terrible. But they were put together reasonably well. I learned what it was to keep the weather and wind out and how a building was affected by the unions and the various trades, and the sequence of erection. It was a great eye-opener. It was a very real experience. Then, fortunately for me, that year was immediately followed by an almost equally important year which was spent at Harvard with Walter Gropius [1879-1964], who undoubtedly was the most important single influence or man who influenced me. He made very clear what the real issues were, and did not require you, unlike many people seem to feel, that you follow or do it the way he did it. He set me free. This opened up tremendous avenues for me to explore in my own way."
Rudolph, Paul Marvin, 1918-1997, and John Peter, 1917-1998. John Peter Interviews Paul Rudolph [Transcript]. Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 1959.
Recorded in New Haven, CT on March 27, 1959.

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