Preservation & Advocacy


The preservation of existing Paul Rudolph structures is a key component of our ongoing mission. Partnering with organizations like the World Monuments Fund, the Preservation League of New York State and Docomomo, as well as grassroots efforts with local communities, the Foundation has helped raise awareness of Rudolph’s contributions to the built environment.

Rudolph’s architecture, like much American architecture of the postwar era, is in the process of reevaluation. Once considered controversial, these buildings are often poorly maintained or carelessly altered. Since many of these works are still too young to be considered historic landmarks, governmental protections are limited. Despite these obstacles, the Paul Rudolph Foundation has recently helped to make Rudolph’s Beekman Place residence a New York City Landmark and thwarted plans to demolish the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY.


John W. Chorley Elementary School

Date(s): 1964-1969
Location: Middletown, NY
Status: Demolished
Type: School

During our long preservation efforts, the PRF issued the following statement:

The Paul Rudolph Foundation is unequivocally not against a new elementary school for the students of Middletown, NY. The Foundation understands and supports the efforts of Middletown residents to provide a new school for their community. The Pau…



William B. Greeley Memorial Laboratory

Date(s): 1957-1959
Location: New York, NY
Status: Built
Type: Laboratory

The William B. Greeley Memorial Laboratory, named in honor of William Buckhout Greeley (M.F. 1904, MA Hon. 1927), was completed in 1959 and is the first of Paul Rudolph’s five built works in New Haven; three of which are on the Yale campus. The original program for the one-story structure included one classroom, seven laboratories and a greenhouse for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies…