Paul Rudolph
Paul Rudolph Foundation Website
The Following biographical information was taken from the Paul Rudolph Foundation Website.
Paul M. Rudolph (1918-1997) was born a minister?s son in Elkton, Kentucky. Inspired by architecture at an early age, Rudolph studied architecture as an undergraduate at Alabama Polytechnic (now Auburn University), and after a brief period in the Navy during WWII, he successfully completed graduate studies at Harvard under Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. Rudolph was a pioneering architect in Sarasota, Florida, a major figure of the ?Sarasota School of Architecture,' which gained international attention for innovative solutions to the modern American home. He was Dean of the Yale School of Architecture from 1958-1965, during which his best known work, the Yale Art & Architecture Building, was completed and became both a Modernist icon and a topic of controversy. After his tenure at Yale, Rudolph continued during the next 30 years to create some of Modernism's most unique and powerful architecture.  Despite the wane Rudolph?s popularity during the dominance of Post-Modernism in the late 70?s and 80?s, his work and legacy has had a profound impact on the architecture of our era. Rudolph, who is today considered one of America?s great Late Modernist architects, was during his lifetime always an inspirational mentor to those whom he taught. His former students include some of contemporary architecture?s most internationally respected architects, such as Lord Norman Foster, Lord Richard Rogers, and Robert A.M. Stern, among many others distinguished in the field.

The home in the photograph above was built in 1958 after Paul moved from Sarasota Fl to New York.  The home above appears to me to be a link between Rudolph's much lighter work in Sarasota and the much more concrete and heavy work later in his career.

The following series of photographs were taken by photographer Denise Guerin.




Overview of Philadelphia Area Mid-Century Modern Residential Architecture  (below on this page)   Photo overview   followed by brief written overview of Philadelphia mid-century architects  .

Time Line  of area modern homes from 1930's to today
 Mid-Century Modern Homes
Architects Who Designed Mid-Century Modern Homes in the Philadelphia Region    
 photographs of the regional homes designed by each architect are included
 Allan Berkowitz  Louis Kahn  George Nakashima
 Edward Bernstein  Vincent Kling  Richard Neutra
 Robert Bishop  Thaddeus Longstreth  Norman Rice
Frank Boyer  William Lescaze  Paul Rudolph
 Marcel Breuer  Joel Levinson  Galen Schlosser
 Armand Carroll  Thomas Mangan  Harry Sternfeld
 Albert Clauss  Irving Maitin  Irwin Stein
 Nathan Cronheim  George Mebus  Oscar Stonorov
 George Daub  Ehrman Mitchell  Frank Weise
 Kenneth Day  Newcomb Montgomery  Frank Lloyd Wright
Agoos/ Lovera LaVardera, Greg Re:Vision Architecture
Bloomfield and Associates M. G. Leach Rosenblum, Martin
Bower Lewis Thrower Metcalfe Architecture Stanev Potts
Culbert, Doug McDonald, Tim/Onion Flats Tarantino Studio
Erdy McHenry Moto Design Shop Verner, Steven
Interface Studio QB3 Webber, Brett
Jibe Design Michael Ryan Architects Wesley Wei Architects
Kieran Timberlake Rasmussen/Su Wesley Architects
Krieger & Associates

This portion of the site features the photography of Elizabeth Manning.  She has taken many great photographs of homes and public/commercial mid-century buildings in our area.  She recently photographed the homes of architect Irwin Stein.  Her work was presented in a retrospective lecture on Irwin Stein at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. 

Willits Hall Swarthmore College Delaware County        

home in Gloucester County N.J.  


Simpkins residence Demchick and George Savage 1940

Postpichal residence  Franz Postpichal 1939
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