Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center, Goshen, completed in 1971
It’s on the World Monuments Fund’s 2012 Watch List of endangered cultural-heritage sites.
According to Chris Mckenna‘s report in the Times Herald-Record, Orange County Executive Ed Diana on Monday presented to the County Legislature his proposal for a new building on the site that, at 175,000 square feet, “would be 22,000 square feet larger than the existing office complex.” It would “cost an estimated $75 million,” down from the $136.4-million new facility that had previously been proposed.
Rudolph’s building had deteriorated due to what the WMF fund called “poor maintenance practices,” exacerbated by two storms last September that “flooded and damaged the structure, after which the center was closed by county officials, who renewed the proposal for demolition.” According to Mckenna’s article, the storms left “water damage and mold” in their wake.
Where’s Sid Bass (the lead donor for architect Charles Gwathmey‘s restoration and expansion of Yale’s Rudolph Hall, (formerly the Art & Architecture Building) when Orange County really needs him?
Paul Rudolph’s Art & Architecture Building, undergoing extensive restoratation at Yale, May 2008
Photo by Lee Rosenbaum
And where’s the outcry from the architectural and preservationist communities?
Speaking of architects, none was named for the proposed new Government Center in the Times Record-Herald‘s story, nor in county executive’s printed proposal. Below is the “Proposed Concept Building Design” from that document.
Need I say more? (We can only imagine that the WMF would say WTF.)