An open letter from Vincent Ferri

Dear Friends,

I posted the following on the discussion page of one of the articles written at THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITEcture.

I believe such a letter should go out to every school of architecture, every architectural society & professional organization and any entity that fosters protection of the arts and architecture here and abroad, i.e. organizations like the Getty Foundation.

LET’S LIGHT A FIRE UNDER THESE PEOPLE; JUST WRITING ACADEMIC DIALOGUE ABOUT RUDOLPH AND THE BUILDING IS NOT ENOUGH!

WHERE IS THE ARCHITECTURAL COMMUNITY? WHERE IS THE ART COMMUNITY?

Whether you like or hate the building, the destruction of the Paul Rudolph Government Center is a form of censorship imposed by people who have abandoned reason and their fiduciary obligations to the communities they serve.

The destruction of the very serviceable type A structure is an act of political vanity, a waste of tax revenue raised on the backs of their constituents and a criminal act, given that environmental laws have been ignored and the DEC has abandoned its obligation to protect the building by requiring a NEEDED SPDES Permit, and has not enacted the Joint Letter of Resolution between the DEC and NYSHPO to conduct a Section 106 oversight review relative to the National Historic Preservation Act.

I have never seen in my seventy years a more complete breakdown of regulatory responsibility than what we are witnessing in Goshen, NY.

BUT IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SAVE THE BUILDING! An Article 78 Petition has been filed based on the latest version of the SEQRA Documents filed by the County and the County Legislature.

The Architectural community MUST accept its responsibility with letters to the DEC about this outrage and contributions to the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation to help defray the costs of litigation. You MUST reach out to your legislative representatives and ask them to intercede.

Federal FEMA money was received by the County and upon the coaching of NYS FEMA representative transferred to an alternative project. That money alone would have triggered a Section 106 review. NYS funds are being applied to the project trough debt service relief from the Office of Court Administration this should still trigger the Section 106 Review.

Is the OCA above the law?

Along with our new litigation, only massive outrage from the arts and architectural communities will turn the tide. These illegal acts must be stopped and the building must be saved before it is too late. TIME IS SHORT!

Very truly yours,

Vincent Ferri, 

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