The writing is on the wall. Unless something drastic happens in the next few days the Paul Rudolph designed Government Center is coming down. Architectural critic Michael Kimmelman writes a thoughtful defense of the building, architect Gene Kaufman has offered 5 million dollars(!) for the building, meanwhile local lawmakers continue their march to demolition.
If we're being honest Rudolph's building sticks out. It's a unique building, one that would catch your eye anywhere in the world. In the town of Goshen it's clearly an outsider. I don't mean that in bad way. It's a cute enough town, with a few tight knit streets, lined with traditional architecture. Beyond that it's a sprinkling of old strip malls and a rural landscape.
From my day in Goshen, there is a clear contrast in aesthetics between the town and the building. From Kimmelman's reporting there is also a direct opposition towards the design intent.
To recap, local officials:
Don't like how the building looks.
Don't like how the building functions.
Don't care if the building is 'important'.
Don't want Gene's money.
They want it gone.
They want their generic building.
What a shame.
Photographs taken February 26th 2015.