The county dithered last night but did not bar the proposed partial demo. Unfortunately, full demo seems off the table. I am crying in my beer. Photography should be the last refuge of scoundrelly architecture. Here is DC Cubed’s reaction to the decision to kick an already battered can farther down the road:
So says the New York Times’s Michael Kimmelman in “Clock Ticks for Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center.” By the time you read this, the bye-bye birdie may well have chirped its demise. I had not realized that demolition was still an option, so color me pleased. Now let’s hope county officials will do their citizens’ bidding.
Kimmelman paints a different picture, suggesting that the locals want to save a building that only public officials want to raze. Actually, the building, completed in 1963, would be gone by now but for a few fans of midcentury modernism who have raised a ruckus for Brutalism. This example of that forlorn style is by Paul Rudolph, who designed the Yale Art & Architecture Building (now renovated and rebranded as Rudolph Hall), where many architects and hip old things sucked…
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