Brutalists rarely got as brutal as Paul Rudolph, a man who suffered the singular misfortune of designing the Yale Art and Architecture Building. Fickle, unappreciative architecture students hated the building and it even found itself a victim of a suspicious fire in 1969. The unmitigated hatred toward such a strong design has forever tainted Rudolph's entire body of work, an unforgiving cloud that still hangs over him well after his death.



Yale Art and Architecture Building
(1963) New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The misguided students who tried to burn down the Art and Architecture Building were luckily unsuccessful in burning the concrete building to the ground. Maybe they were first year students who hadn't had any Materials and Methods classes yet. What survived through all that rancor was the same beautiful, well thought out multi-layered (and multi-leveled) building they started with, one that is constantly more fun and surprising than it probably should be.

Click here for the Yale School of Architecture. Visitors are welcome at the building- exhibits are often held on the main floor and free lectures are often available when classes are in session


Penthouse at 23 Beekman Place
(1977) New York City, United States

Paul Rudolph lived in a multileveled townhouse in New York overlooking the East River, in a space with transparent bridges and elevators- a truly dizzying, complex space that seemed to change at every turn.


Orange County Government Center
(1967) Goshen, New York, United States

The people of Goshen (a small town about 100km north of New York City) have yet to realize what they have in their own backyard. Despite the fact that they have a classic (albeit inflexible) Paul Rudolph Building, they are attempting to replace in favor with something more contextural- something with a few more cornices, a few more pediments, a lot less originality.

Click here to find your way (while you still can) to see Paul Rudolph's original Orange County Government Center


Temple Street Parking Garage
(1962) New Haven, Connecticut, United States

While a parking garage may always just be a parking garage, a Paul Rudolph designed parking garage is a little more memorable. The shape of the columns, the rhythm of the facade- it makes you wonder why other garages always appear so boring.



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1918 born Elkton, KY, US
1940 B Arch - Auburn, AL, US
1947 M Arch - Harvard, MA, US
1958 Dean - Yale, CT, US
1997 died New York City, US

The Yale Art + Architecture Building
(Building Blocks Series)
by Ezra Stoller (Editor)
(1999) Princeton Architectural Press

Paul Rudolph's masterpiece, an amazing spatial (and special) experience, one that needs to be seen to be believed, although these Ezra Stoller photos come pretty damn close... (read more)

Paul Rudolph: The Late Work

by Roberto De Alba
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; (February 2003)

Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses

by Christopher Domin, Joseph T. King
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
(January 2002)

The Art and Architecture of Paul Rudolph

by Tony Monk (Author)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
(December 7, 1999)


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