February 12, 2013
Orange Country Government Center by Paul Rudolph; Photo: Ty Cole
It’s been a rough year for Brutalism. Chicago’s Prentice Women’s Hospital will likely be razed, and last spring, it appeared that Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York, would face the wrecking ball too. But, at last, a victory story!
In a 15-6 vote, members of the Orange County Legislature decided it would be more cost effective to renovate the 43-year-old Rudolph building, rather than demolish it and construct a new, $68 million government center. For the better part of 2012, preservation groups had lobbied hard to save the building, arguing that it’s an important landmark that benefits the community. Read more about the recent decision at The Herald-Record.
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