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Clock Ticks for Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center

Clock Ticks for Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center – NYTimes.com This week, lawmakers in Goshen, N.Y., have a last chance to save an archetype of midcentury modernist architecture — and themselves from going down as reckless stewards of the nation’s heritage. The plan is to gut Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center, strip away much of its distinctive, corrugated concrete and glass exterior and demolish one of its three pavilions, replacing it with a big, soulless glass box. Rudolph, who died in 1997, at 78, was a leading light of American architecture when this building, one of his best and most idealistic, opened nearly half a century ago. Like Rudolph, the center suffered abuse over the years but is now being championed by new fans that recognize his genius, and the latest plan as vandalism. [Read More on The New York Times]