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  3. See Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center Dismantled Over 4 Seasons With These Photos

See Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center Dismantled Over 4 Seasons With These Photos

  • 09:30 - 23 August, 2016
  • by Vanessa Quirk
See Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center Dismantled Over 4 Seasons With These Photos
See Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center Dismantled Over 4 Seasons With These Photos, Spring – April 7, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – April 7, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "A Brutal Dismantling."

As soon as photographer Harlan Erskine discovered the plans to demolish Paul Rudolph's iconic Orange County Government Center in New York, he knew he needed to bear witness to its demise. Beyond admiring the building's dynamic form, the photographer recognized its continued impact on architecture today, particularly noting its influence on Herzog and de Meuron's "Jenga tower."

Visiting on four separate occasions throughout 2015 and 2016, Erskine captured the dismantling of this iconic Brutalist work with stunning severity. See the building's final seasons below.

Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine Spring – April 7, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine + 24

Winter
March 8, 2015

Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Winter – March 8, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine

Spring
April 7, 2015

Spring – April 7, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – April 7, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – April 7, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – April 7, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – April 7, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – April 7, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine

Fall
September 28, 2015

Fall – September 28, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Fall – September 28, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Fall – September 28, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Fall – September 28, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Fall – September 28, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine
Fall – September 28, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine

Spring
May 28, 2016

Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Spring – May 28, 2016. Image © Harlan Erskine
Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "See Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center Dismantled Over 4 Seasons With These Photos" 23 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/793830/see-paul-rudolphs-brutalist-orange-county-government-center-dismantled-over-4-seasons-with-these-photos/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Spring – April 7, 2015. Image © Harlan Erskine

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