Saving Cerritto: Leaving Something of Paul Rudolph’s Legacy


NY Times has a story up now about designers Kevin Lindores and Daniel Sachs saving one of Paul Rudolph‘s famous modern buildings, the Cerritto House, by moving it from Rhode Island out to Catskill, NY. Unlike many of Rudolph’s other buildings, which have met the fate of the wrecking ball, Lindores and Sachs, with the help of the Paul Rudolph Foundation, were able to by the building from the owners of the property who want to build a larger vacation home, cut it in half, and will soon truck it the 200 miles to its new resting place. It’s an interesting story and sure to make fans of architecture breathe a sweet sigh of relief. Here’s a bit:

With their unusually shaped spaces and circulation patterns, the buildings of Rudolph, who died in 1997, are winning renewed appreciation from a young generation of architects, even as the ranks of the Rudolph structures are dwindling. In January an elongated house of interconnecting rectangles and cubes in Westport, Conn., was demolished. In 2005 the 1951 Coward residence in Siesta Key, Fla., a collection of tentlike structures, was taken down.

The first of Rudolph’s many houses in the Siesta Key and Sarasota area — known as the Twitchell residence — is to come down this summer. And a 90-day stay imposed on the demolition of Rudolph’s Brutalist Blue Cross/Blue Shield building (1960) in Boston expires on June 11.

“It’s a nightmare; it’s become like a disease,” said Robert A. M. Stern, the dean of Yale University’s School of Architecture, which is housed in what is perhaps Rudolph’s most famous project, the Art and Architecture Building.

“We should be up in arms,” Mr. Stern added. “I am.”