Giving Paul Rudolph His Due

Giving Paul Rudolph His Due KIM MARTINEAU Hartford Courant June 29, 2008

“The building was plagued by other practical problems. Visitors tripped on its shallow steps and employees complained of the broiling heat from its incandescent bulbs. Architecture students taped paper over its picture windows to stop grids of shadow from forming on their drafting tables as the afternoon light streamed through Rudolph’s cargo net curtains.

“And while the corduroy walls of chiseled concrete may have been an aesthetic breakthrough they frequently ‘bit’ visitors if they weren’t mindful.

“‘It wasn’t a woolly, sympathetic building,’ says Helen Chillman, a longtime Yale librarian who worked there. ‘You couldn’t just snuggle down into it.'”

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