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LottaLiving.com • Paul Rudolph teardown in CT
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Paul Rudolph teardown in CT

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 11:49 am
by nichols
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Demolition on Hold for Paul Rudolph House

Story by Margaret Foster / Dec. 27, 2006

A Modernist house designed in 1972 by Paul Rudolph (1918-1997), dean of Yale's School of Architecture, was partially demolished this month.

A judge last week halted demolition of the 4,200-square-foot stucco house, built for Louis J. Micheels in Westport, Conn., but it remains in jeopardy....

http://www.nationaltrust.org/magazine/a ... 122706.htm

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:04 pm
by SDR
Hmm -- wonder if this house is published anywhere -- I've never seen it before. From the one photo, I'm inspired to name Rudolph as America's unique Organic Constructivist.

Thanks for the story. SDR

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 2:21 am
by MD²

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:37 am
by ch

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:39 am
by ch

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:45 am
by ch

In a related issue......

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:20 am
by modfan

Re: In a related issue......

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 12:00 pm
by MD²

Yep

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:24 pm
by modfan
And I think this quote kinda sums it up:

'Alas, in neighborhoods with longstanding architectural traditions, they are taken as an affront. What bothers the neighbors, aside from the sunlight being blotted out, is the breach of decorum'

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:30 pm
by SDR
Thanks for all the pics and info, MD. Perhaps this will be saved after all ?

I wonder which exterior materials would have been on Rudolph's cost-no-object wish list ? The roughcast (British term) stucco/cementitious material seems a little the worse for wear -- and its weight hasn't been kind to that cantilevered beam/sunshade element. . .

A redo with extruded aluminum might be cool. This is certainly a significant exercise in constructivism, sez me. Too bad the architect can't be here to help with a restovation. What would you recommend, if the job were yours ?

SDR

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:46 pm
by MD²

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:47 am
by ch
Just a reminder that, hopefully, for every one lost there is another saved:



As the article notes, this house will soon be the ONLY Rudolph designed home in New England.

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:35 pm
by MD²

Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 10:34 am
by MD²
Todays news:

Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 11:47 am
by post50modern
That is fantastic news! I hope the prospective buyer follows through on the deal. Not a whole lot of people have 3 million to spend on a home! Paul Rudolphs designs are beautiful.

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:56 pm
by MD²
Latest news:

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:56 am
by classic form
What the hell is wrong with people?

It's gone

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:22 am
by MD²


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Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:02 pm
by Miguel
This is really sad....

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:38 pm
by grh122
Completely ridiculous!

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:24 pm
by MD²

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:36 am
by ch
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Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:28 am
by classic form
Oh my God Craig I LOVE that house! Who designed it? Would you call that style the Mid Century Modern? Is is for sale?

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:18 am
by betsytacy
I don't get it. I just really really don't get it. What about a McMansion could possibly be more appealing than a sleek clean modern home? Modern is pretty and "comfortable," while traditional is stuffy and rigid feeling to me. That Rudolph house was so wonderful, that I cannot understand what would possess someone to just rip it down. :cry:

Laura