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.


Address: 180 York Street
City: New Haven
State: Connecticut
Zip Code: 06511
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 41.30876, -72.93182

Type: Academic
Status: Built; Addition

Date(s): 1958-1964
Site Area:
Floor Area:
Floors (Above Ground):
Building Cost: Original Building: $3,052,782 ($25.96 per s.f.); Original Furniture & Equipment: $140,854

Client: Yale University
Architect: Paul Rudolph
Rudolph Staff: Bill Bedford
Associate Architect: 
Structural: Henry A. Pfisterer
MEP: Van Zelm, Heywood & Shadford

Contractor: George B. H. Macomber Company; Charles Solomon, Partner-in-Charge

art & Architecture Building for Yale University

  • Paul Rudolph’s office produced over 1,000 drawings for the project between 1959 and 1963

External forces dictated that this building turn the corner and relate to the modern building opposite as well as suggest that it belongs to Yale University. The internal forces demanded an environments suitable for ever varying activities which will be given form and coherence by the defined spaces within. As the years go by, it is hoped other interests and activities will take place within the spaces, but the space itself will remain.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 120
It is gratifying to know that the world of academic honors and medals has so profoundly acknowledged the Bauhaus doctrine of architectural education as taught at Harvard since 1937, because never before has a curriculum turned out such a star roster of infidels. Johnson, Lundy, Barnes, Rudolph, Franzen, and others have revered their teacher while confounding his teaching. They have left the safe anchorage of functionality, technology, and anonymous teamwork to start the long voyage home to architecture as an art. A few faithfuls still repeat the old incantations, but the guns by which they stuck have stopped firing while those of the apostates are blazing.
— Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, “Yale’s School of Art and Architecture---The Measure: A critical appraisal of the building and its place in contemporary architecture”, Architectural Forum (February, 1964): p. 77
I’ve never worked on a building that affected me as much as that one does. I’d like to think that, in spite of everything, it says something about the nature of architecture.
— Paul Rudolph in Crosbie, Michael J. "Paul Rudolph on Yale's A & A: His First Interview on His Most Famous Work." Architecture: The AIA Journal 77 (November 1988): p. 105
The spirit of its maker hovers over it so in the beginning it was hard for someone else to do something. I disapprove of the Art and Architecture building whole-heartedly because it is such a personal manifestation for non-personal use. However, I enjoy very much being in it.”
— Charles W. Moore, (1965, September 23) Yale Daily News, p. 6.
[The building is] big and gutsy enough to let you hammer at it without destroying it.
— Charles W. Moore, (1965, September 23) Yale Daily News, p. 6.
Mr. Rudolph didn’t feel the need for privacy that I do.
— Charles W. Moore, (1965, September 23) Yale Daily News, p. 6. on converting the chairman's office into "a more officy office."

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions