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.
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