Oppose the demolition of the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY
  • Petitioned Orange County, New York Legislature

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Orange County, New York Legislature

Oppose the demolition of the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY

    1. Petition by

      World Monuments Fund

On May 3, with the help of over 1800 of your signatures, the Orange County Legislature failed to get the necessary votes to demolish the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY. Nevertheless, the fate of the building remains undetermined. A new plan will likely be proposed in the coming months, and we need your continued support to help ensure that Paul Rudolph’s design endures.

In 2011, damage caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused local administrators to close the Orange County Government Center and call for its demolition. A proposed $75 million building would replace the Rudolph designed Orange County Government Center. Many people would like to see better evidence that the Rudolph building can’t be restored and serve the community’s needs. Indeed, a recent FEMA report indicates that the damage from the 2011 storms was not as severe as prior studies reported.

The people of Orange County, who will be bearing the economic burden of the legislature’s decision, deserve the most cost-effective plan. So far access to the building has not been provided to allow for independent studies that could develop other accurate cost estimates for rehabilitation and make a proper comparison against the cost of demolition and new construction.

Designed by Paul Rudolph and completed in 1971, the structure is a testament to the era when civic architecture was forging new avenues in design and construction. From its textured concrete exterior to its open floor plan, the building has all the hallmarks of Rudolph’s unique architectural style. Preservationists see the artistic value of the building and the legacy of previous county administrators wishing to present Goshen as a thriving and dynamic community. The Orange County government should be responsible stewards of this legacy.

Sign the petition and spread the word to show your support for Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center. Once it’s demolished, there are no second chances.

To:
Orange County, New York Legislature
I urge you to oppose the demolition of the current Orange County Government Center. It is an architecturally distinguished building and restoring it preserves a great modern legacy and makes economic sense. Please vote no to demolition.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Architects: Save the treasure in your midst (The Chronicle, Sept. 5, 2013)

      Architects: Save the treasure in your midst

      Experts say government center, a world monument, is a 'victim of a sustained act of vandalism' Published Sep 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm (Updated Sep 10, 2013) "How lucky you are to have this masterpiece.

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • andres Cañas SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
      • 11 months ago

      Give it a fighting chance..

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    • Craig Cole ELLICOTT CITY, MD
      • 11 months ago

      Modernism represents an era where people were excited about the possibilities in the future. This brutalist building extends modernism with a feeling of strength and confidence. It should be restored and proudly presented to the public. Don't let what happened to other shining example of modernism, JW Chorley school, happen here. I was a student there in the 1970's; it was a fascinating place should not have been demolished.

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    • James Egler, RN AAS BELLEVILLE, IL
      • 12 months ago

      Art nouveau and art deco styles are unique and timeless. It is our heritage to save such masterpieces in architecture.

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    • jens kristian seier COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
      • 12 months ago

      please do not impoverish your own corner of the world, nor our shared heritage of modern architecture by giving up on this strange and wonderful building.

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    • jay datum YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA
      • about 1 year ago

      That awesome building, like stack of boxes, keep it don't destroy it. if you demolish this building mean is your lost a masterpiece of architecture creation.. so keep it!!!

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