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On the Stafford Harbor, Virginia Resort Project

“You very seldom work on an entire town, and this is the first time I’ve ever done it. The magnitude you’re dealing with makes for different concepts. In other words, an ant isn’t really designed as an elephant. It’s really quite a different thing. And that end I started with the site, from a purely visual, physical viewpoint. I really think of this as a continuation of the land.

Hiss Residence to get new "umbrella."


One of the most intriguing creations by the architect Paul Rudolph was the Hiss Residence in Sarasota, Florida where he designed a sun screening "umbrella" over a portion of the roof of the house. The feature was blown away by Hurricane Alma in 1966. The new owners of the iconic house are now attempting to replace it. See story below.

Heroic Project: Boston Concrete, 1957-1976


Check out this website which includes a number of projects by Paul Rudolph.

Sarasota School of Architecture

“Paul was the catalyst. Where else could a young guy like me have lunch with people like Philip Johnson, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, or Talbot Hamlin who came to town to see Paul?”
Tim Seibert as quoted in: Berens, Carol. “What Modern Meant.” Echoes Magazine 9 (August 2000): 58.

After You Left, They Took It Apart: Photographs by Chris Mottalini at Auburn University


"Contemporary photographer Chris Mottalini has produced a series of haunting images that record several abandoned houses designed by architect Paul Rudolph, structures he discovered in various states of neglect. Exploring these former paradigms of modern design, decaying and slated for destruction, Mottalini found poignancy and no small measure of irony in the startling contrast of high Modernism laid to ruin. Photographed in some cases immediately prior to the homes’ demolition, these images are the last “portraits” of Rudolph’s striking creations."

In Defense of Boston's Modernist Icons


Check out this "Boston Globe Magazine" article about the city's high-profile modernist buildings which are constantly threatened with demolition. Preservationists and critics deftly defend the structures. Oddly, little mention is made in the article about the architects that designed them. Paul Rudolph's Blue Cross Building and the State Service Center are highlighted.

On the Hook Guest House, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL

“The first use, as far as I know, of bent plywood to span architectural space. The engineering involved was accomplished by trial and error, utilizing a few small boys jumping on various thicknesses of bent plywood in my backyard. The structure could be kept light by utilizing temporary cross tension members to get it through the hurricane season.”
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. p. 36.

Chorley Elementary Makes Preservation List


The Preservation League of New York State has placed the John W. Chorley Elementary School in Middletown, NY on its 2010 "Seven To Save" list. The school designed by Paul Rudolph in the 1960s is threatened with demolition. See links below.

The Paul Rudolph Foundation is spearheading efforts to save the school.

On Tracey Towers, Bronx, NY

“In Tracey Towers, the exterior walls are not curved for structural reasons at all, but because the site plan and traffic movement dictated an easing of the corners. They are also curved in order to lead the eye around the towers, thereby emphasizing their three-dimensionality. They are also curved because they give a heightened sense of security to the occupants of a very high building, and one looks out and sees these walls, which seem like huge columns, closely rising from the ground.

On his early career

“When I first started, I made guest houses because no one would trust me with the main house.”
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. p. 94.


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