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John W. Chorley Elementary School, Middletown, NY, 1964-1969


50 Roosevelt Avenue, Middletown, NY. In Rudolph's conversation with John Cook and Heinrich Klotz in 1973, he expressed ambivalence about his design of the Chorley School. He called it "Too Sweet, Too Sentimental... It would have been better if the hill had been steeper so that the villagelike aspect could have been grasped from one point of view. It was my intention to have each segment of the ceiling painted a different color, but for economic reasons we had to paint it all white. That hurts it. I wanted it to be like an Arabian tent. I wanted it to be very festive and to transport the child into another world." Cook, John Wesley. Conversations with Architects : Philip Johnson, Kevin Roche, Paul Rudolph, Bertrand Goldberg, Morris Lapidus, Louis Kahn, Charles Moore, Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown. New York: Praeger, 1973. Flickr http://paulrudolph.blogspot.com/2009/09/foundation-built-models-on-displ...



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