Charles Gwathmey, Modernist Architect, Dies at 71 FRED A. BERNSTEIN New York Times August 4, 2009
Charles Gwathmey, an architect who turned his love of Modernism and passion for geometrical complexity into a series of compelling houses and sometimes controversial public buildings, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 71 and lived in Manhattan.
Gwathmey recently renovated Paul Rudoph Hall and designed the Jeffrey H. Loria Center for the Arts.
Mr. Eisenman said that Mr. Gwathmey deserved more credit than he got for making sure that his [Jeffrey H. Loria Center] didn’t overpower its neighbors. “Charles was able to sublimate his ego and produce really sophisticated solutions to plan problems, to circulation problems — but those aren’t the kinds of things that make headlines,” [Peter] Eisenman said.
Somehow we missed this Metropolis article when it first came out: From A&A to R&R Dungjai Pungauthaikan – November 11, 2008 – It’s got great shots of Rudolph’s A & A Building renovations, plus quotes from students, faculty, and alumni. There’s also a photo of Rudolph speaking with a very young Robert Stern.
Last night the people from the Paul Rudolph Foundation let us know that there are actually two Facebook pages for Paul Rudolph….the one maintained by the Foundation (looks like a lot of fun and is regularly updated….) and the one I posted yesterday.
And here’s the webpage for the Paul Rudolph Foundation, from which I learned right away that there’s a Paul Rudolph house for sale in Florida right now (it’s going for $1,100,000.00) and that one of Rudolph’s last projects, the Modulightor, is open for touring on the first Friday of every month. An excellent website, worth checking out.
Paul Rudolph has a Facebook page.
Doesn’t seem to be updated very often, but it’s kinda’ fun that it exists.
There’s also a Facebook page for The Brutalism Appreciation Society. Here’s the description:
As they start to disappear from our cities, a chance to voice support (no matter in how few numbers) for a much maligned style of architecture
‘With many Brutalist buildings, the feeling exists that the needs of expressing an architectural ideal comes before the needs of the human beings who have to use them’
Love Paul Rudolph? Love Brutalism? Join!
Dean Robert A. M. Stern of the Yale School of Architecture and Charles Gwathmey, Partner, Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, tell the story of the Yale Art and Architecture building: from its lauded beginnings, the period of renovation after a tragic fire, and its new beginning as Paul Rudolph Hall in combination with Jeffrey H. Loria Center for the History of Art and the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.
See more at the Yale University Youtube Channel.
Two architecture-school buildings — one completed in 1963 and the other opened last year — are in some ways surprisingly similar. The older of the two is Paul Rudolph’s famous Brutalist masterpiece at Yale University; the younger is Antoine Predock’s building at the University of New Mexico. You can read about them in an article in this week’s Chronicle Review.
Separated at Birth? 2 Architecture-School Buildings Have Much in Common Chronicle of Higher Education 4/27/09
“Rudolph’s building is pure, theatrical drama. Mr. Gwathmey’s is cool, neutral efficiency.”
The Beauty in Brutalism, Restored and Updated ADA LOUISE HUXTABLE Wall Street Journal 2.24.09
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