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Mottalini Photographs Added to Web Site


Photographer Chris Mottalini, currently exhibiting photographs documenting the demise of a number of Paul Rudolph residences at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, has graciously given permission to post selected items from the collection to this web site. Poignant last images of the Twitchell Residence in Sarasota, FL and the Micheels Residence in Westport, CT are now included here.

On his firing from SMTI / UMass Dartmouth in 1966

“Yes, I was fired. But in a sense, my influence and efforts did not change that drastically -- not at first anyway -- because the other architects -- and I have to emphasize that there were many architects involved -- understood that there was a pervading idea, series of ideas, welding the campus into one, and that it needed to be an ongoing effort, so the other architects actually came to my rescue, otherwise it would not have worked.

What is scale?

“The usual definition of scale is the relationship of the human dimension to the environment. We talk about a building being “in scale” or “out of scale,” which is really nonsense. Most buildings that really count have multiple scales. Buildings need to be understandable in their varying dimensions – sight, sound, smell, relationship to their environment, their spot on the globe, materials, climate, the mode of approaching, modes of movement (i.e., walking, automobile, train, subway, bus, plane), etc.

New Book Features Rudolph's Bass Residence

The newly published book, "Great Houses of Texas" by Lisa Germany features a beautifully illustrated 10 page chapter on the Bass Residence in Fort Worth, TX, considered by many to be Paul Rudolph's greatest residential project. The chapter features 10 color interior and exterior photographs as well as a concise but detailed history of the house.

On the Oriental Masonic Gardens, New Haven, CT

"In New Haven, in the 60s, I designed some housing using trailers. I had the acquiescence of Mayor Lee, a remarkable mayor indeed. The whole notion of making a project for about 150 people using trailers was difficult to persuade anybody to do. I suppose it was a mistake; it was eventually demolished. People hated it. First of all it leaked, which is a very good reason to hate something, but I think it was much more complicated than that. Psychologically, the good folk who inhabited these dwellings thought that they were beneath them.

Art and Architecture Building at Yale under renovation

An recent article published on May 21 in the New Haven Register by Michael Foley outlined the progress on the renovation of Paul Rudolph's Art and Architecture Building. "...360 construction workers work day and night on a $20 million renovation that will recapture past architectural glory." The work is scheduled to be completed in the fall when the building will be dedicated as "Paul Rudolph Hall." You can read the entire article online at the New Haven Register web site.

On Civic Architecture


Interview with Chris Mottalini Reveals Obscure Rudolph Residential Projects


Check out this interview with Chris Mottalini on his interest in photographing the houses of Paul Rudolph. This article contains photographs of two very obscure residential projects of the architect; one in Larchmont, NY and the other in Newtown, PA. This is the first reference to the Fullham Residence, 1959, Newtown, PA that I have seen. Chris has been very generous in offering his photographs to be posted on this web site.

Restoration of the Art & Architecture Building by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates


Check out the web site for Gwathmey Siegel & Associates for a look at a few images of their work in renovating the Art & Architecture Building at Yale University by Paul Rudolph. Charles Gwathmey once worked as an assistant with the architect.

Kerr Residence in Melbourne Beach, Florida under restoration


The Kerr Residence, 1950 in Melbourne Beach, Florida is undergoing a restoration by the firm Spacecoast Architects, P.A. of Indialantic, FL. Lawrence Maxwell, President of the firm and Sharon Migala, Project Manager have been very gracious in sending images of the project to the web site. Original plans by Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchel will soon be available here as well as before and after images of the home. I thank them for sending this important information to us.


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