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On the Blue Cross Building

"We’ve made an effort to make the mechanical system into something more meaningful than just keeping you hot or keeping you cold or keeping you dehumidified, or whatever it is. For instance, in this building the support of course comes from the bottom. But the mechanical system is like a great octopus, coming from the top, and encircles the whole building. The hot air and the cold air and the returns are outside the columns, and then the horizontal branches are clearly shown. So that this becomes like a great vine encircling the whole building."

On New York City, 1959

“We need sequences of space which arouse one’s curiosity, give a sense of anticipation, which beckon and impel us to rush forward and find that releasing space which dominates, which climaxes and acts as a magnet and gives direction. This is well illustrated by the Fifth Avenue entrance to Rockefeller Plaza, where one strides forward in anticipation of seeing the sunken court and its activities. Most important of all we need those outer spaces which encourage social contact, again well illustrated by Rockefeller Plaza, the best outdoor living room in America.”

Emory University Projects by Paul Rudolph Highlighted on Tour


Check out the pictures of the Cannon Chapel and Pitts Theology Library at Emory University included in this review of a recent tour. Paul Rudolph’s father, Keener Rudolph, was in the first graduating class from the Candler School of Theology at Emory in 1915.



Photographs of Restored Kerr Residence, Melbourne Beach FL by Paul Rudolph


A new collection of photographs of the renovated Kerr Residence in Melbourne Beach, FL, designed by Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell in 1950 has been made available to the web site courtesy of Mr. Luke Crisafulli, Kerr Residence Project Manager for the general contractor, Kinley Corporation of Rockledge, FL. Spacecoast Architects, P.A. was the architect for the restoration of the home. See link below. The new images are at the bottom of the listing.

Exhibition on the Design of Parking Garages Features the Work of Paul Rudolph


"House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage," an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, explores the unique relationship between parked cars and the built environment and encourages visitors to see these familiar structures in a whole new way. A showcase for innovation; a training ground for the 20th century's best-known architects; and now, a new direction for sustainable city planning; the parking garage tells many stories. The exhibit displays images of garages by Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph, Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Santiago Calatrava.

The Work of Paul Rudolph Exhibited at the University of Florida


"The exhibit 'Sarasota Modern: The Sarasota School of Architecture, 1941-1966' is open through Dec. 24 at the University of Florida in the Special Collections exhibit gallery on the second floor of the Smathers Library.

This exhibition features architectural models, drawings and photographs from John Howey’s Sarasota School of Architecture Collection in the UF Architecture Archives. Architects Ralph Twitchell, Paul Rudolph, Victor Lundy, Tim Seibert, Jack West and Gene Leedy, among others, are represented."

The Means to an End

“One becomes conscious that there are many ways to organize a building; that structure is not an end, nor a beginning, but a means to an end-and that end is to create space that is an appropriate psychological environment. Perhaps the greatest chapel of this century, Ronchamp [Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Le Corbusier, 1954], has a most impure structure- sprayed concrete covers everything. It does not resort to the crutches of geometry and pattern-making, but creates breathing, dynamic spaces appropriate to human use.”

"It's Christmas Eve"



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