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Preservationists Lose Battle to Save Orange County Government Center

13:52 - 6 March, 2015
Preservationists Lose Battle to Save Orange County Government Center , © Matthew Carbone for Architect Magazine
© Matthew Carbone for Architect Magazine

Yesterday Orange County legislators decided to “take no action” against blocking the “destructive” rebuild of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center. The plan, deemed by architecture critic Michael Kimmelman to be “vandalism,” will remove one of the building’s three sections and replace it with a “big, soulless glass box.” 

The 44-year-old brutalist landmark has been the center of a preservation debate for years; lawmakers argue that the building is “not easy to love” and expensive to maintain, while preservationists declare the building is an important piece of modern history and blame its state of disrepair on neglect. The council vetoed an offer last summer to allow a New York architect to purchase the property and transform it into artist studios. More on the decision, and more of Matthew Carbone's images for Architect Magazine, after the break.

Fate of Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center Remains In Question

00:00 - 1 February, 2015
Fate of Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center Remains In Question, Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph. Image © New York Times - Tony Cenicola
Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph. Image © New York Times - Tony Cenicola

The latest in the debate over Paul Rudolph's controversial Orange County Government Center, Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times stresses the importance of its survival in "A Chance to Salvage a Master's Creation." The much debated plan for the now monumental structure would alter much of its existing character, whether by removal or replacement. Kimmelman argues that despite the criticism the Government Center has garnered from some, Orange County should reconsider architect Gene Kaufman's alternate proposal which would keep the structure intact and would restore it to its former glory.

Architect to Buy/Re-Purpose Rudolph's Orange County Government Center

00:00 - 14 July, 2014
Architect to Buy/Re-Purpose Rudolph's Orange County Government Center, The Brutalist-style Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y., closed since 2011, and designed by Paul Rudolph, may get a shot at preservation. Image © Randy Harris
The Brutalist-style Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y., closed since 2011, and designed by Paul Rudolph, may get a shot at preservation. Image © Randy Harris

Some people hate Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York, while others love it. Despite the Brutalist building's eligibility for landmark status, its current fate is up in the air. Gene Kaufman, a partner at Gwathmey Siegal Kaufman Architects, has offered to buy and repurpose the building. To learn about his proposal, head to the New York Times to by clicking here

Architect Offers to Buy Paul Rudolph’s Endangered Government Center

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
Architect Offers to Buy Paul Rudolph’s Endangered Government Center, © Flickr CC User Joseph A.
© Flickr CC User Joseph A.

Paul Rudolph’s threatened Orange County Government Center has new hope. According to a report by Architectural Record, New York City architect Gene Kaufman has offered to purchase the building and transform it into artist studios, though under one condition: Kaufman’s practice Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman must be commissioned to design the city’s new government building adjacent to the brutalist landmark. This news comes a week after an 18-3 vote secured plans to restore a portion of Rudolph’s building and return it to its former use. 

Round Mountain House / deMx architecture

01:00 - 7 March, 2014
© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley
  • Architects

  • Location

    Goshen, AR, United States
  • Project Architects

    Tim de Noble, Timothy W. Maddox
  • Area

    4495.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley +26

Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center Still at Risk

00:00 - 9 July, 2013
Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center Still at Risk, Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph © New York Times – Tony Cenicola
Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph © New York Times – Tony Cenicola

Despite a 15-6 Legislature vote in February that ruled in favor of preserving Paul Rudolph’s brutalist landmark in Goshen, reports indicate that demolition is still being considered as an option. According to the Times Herald-Record, an ad hoc panel led by pro-demolition County Executive Ed Diana selected a team of architects and engineers to develop three options in 90 days for “renovating and replacing” sections of the 43-year-old complex. Though many thought the 18-month-long campaign ended with February's ruling, it is apparent that the heated debate is far from over. Ultimately, lawmakers must vote again on the project to authorize bonding for construction.

Preservationists Prevail: Paul Rudolph’s Brutalist Landmark Spared from Destruction

00:00 - 13 February, 2013
Preservationists Prevail: Paul Rudolph’s Brutalist Landmark Spared from Destruction  , Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph © New York Times – Tony Cenicola
Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph © New York Times – Tony Cenicola

Although preservationists continue to mourn the seemingly inevitable demise of Chicago’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, a solid victory for Brutalism has finally been confirmed. Lawmakers in Goshen, New York, have passed a proposal to renovate Paul Rudolph’s iconic Orange County Government Center, authorizing $10 million in design funding. The 15-6 vote was secured by the overwhelming evidence that an upgrade would be more cost effect than County Executive Ed Diana’s fallback plan to replace two-thirds of the building and preserving only the court section. In addition, lawmakers felt the pressure of a March 12 deadline that would risk losing up to $2.7 million in federal funds to repair water damage caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. 

More after the break...

World Monuments Fund Announces 2012 Endangered Monuments Watch

15:00 - 28 October, 2011
Manufacturers Trust Company by SOM © Landmarks Preservation Commission
Manufacturers Trust Company by SOM © Landmarks Preservation Commission

The World Monuments Fund calls for international awareness to the 2012 list of endangered monuments. The watch encompasses 67 threatened cultural-heritage sites worldwide. These influential landmarks include the iconic Manufacturers Trust Company Building in New York City designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York.

Continue reading after the break.

Mason Lane Farm / De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

01:00 - 2 January, 2011
Mason Lane Farm / De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, © Roberto de Leon
© Roberto de Leon

© Roberto de Leon © Roberto de Leon © Roberto de Leon © Roberto de Leon +25

AD Classics: Orange County Government Center / Paul Rudolph

01:00 - 8 November, 2010
AD Classics: Orange County Government Center / Paul Rudolph, © New York Times- Tony Cenicola
© New York Times- Tony Cenicola

© jschumacher © U Mass Dartmouth © Paul Rudolph © U Mass Dartmouth +17