Welcome to the Archives of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation. The purpose of this online database is to function as a tool for scholars, students, architects, preservationists, journalists and other interested parties. The archive consists of photographs, slides, articles and publications from Rudolph’s lifetime; physical drawings and models; personal photos and memorabilia; and contemporary photographs and articles.
Unless otherwise noted, all images and drawings are copyright © The Estate of Paul Rudolph and The Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation. Please speak with a representative of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation to get permission to use any drawings or photos. Drawings, sketches and other materials produced by Rudolph’s architectural office at the Library of Congress are maintained there for preservation, but the intellectual property rights belong to the Paul Rudolph Estate and Ernst Wagner, founder of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation.
City: Grand Rapids
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 42.98327, -85.58712
Floors (Above Ground):
Architect: Paul Rudolph
Model House representing the Southeast
There are no windows, and the walls are raised to expose the interior to the outdoors. This home would have been built on Lot 11.
One magazine article of the 1950’s called the Homestyle Center an “outdoor museum for houses”. This theme park was to be located [adjacent to] the 80 acres where Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park stands today. It was expected to be a major tourist attraction, drawing over one million visitors and raising over $39,000,000 annually.
The first group of twelve homes would be built around the lake. Additional homes, added over next three years, would complete the Homestyle Center by 1960. Nationally known architects, including R. Buckminster Fuller, George Nelson, and Paul Rudolph, had already designed the first group of homes.
The design by Paul Rudolph, reflecting the open living style of the Gulf Coast, used plastic panels, lifted mechanically, which could convert the house into an enclosed or open pavilion.
Each house would be decorated with furnishings as diverse as the architecture. Appliances and furniture would be replaced annually as newer models and designs became available.
In May of 1957, due to the lack of financial backing, Executive Director Arleigh Hitchcock announced that plans for the Homestyle Center would be dropped. Grand Rapids lost its opportunity to develop this original theme park idea.
Many of the chosen architects constructed their designed homes in other areas of the country where they became landmarks of mid twentieth century architectural design.
DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings
DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings
DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings
PHOTOS - Project Model
PHOTOS - During Construction
PHOTOS - Completed Project
PHOTOS - Current Conditions
LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION
“Local Architect To Design Home For Michigan Display.” Saratosa Herald Tribune, October 30, 1955. p. 17