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.

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Address: 1 Temple Street
City: New Haven
State: Connecticut
Zip Code: 06510
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 41.30435, -72.9282

Type: Transportation
Status: Built

Date(s): 1959-1963
Site Area:
Floor Area:
Floors (Above Ground):
Building Cost: $4,700,000 (later $5,800,000)

Client: City of New Haven, Connecticut
Architect: Paul Rudolph
Associate Architect: 
Structural: Henry Pfisterer
MEP: Jerome Mueller
Parking Consultant: E. A. Barton & Associates
Parking Economics Consultant: Wilbur, Smith & Associates

Contractor: Fusco-Amatruda Company

Temple Street Parking Garage

  • The Grand Opening of the garage was 12 noon on Monday, November 12, 1962, with ceremonies held at the George Street entrance.

  • The program of the Grand Opening included talks by city officials and music by the Governor’s Foot Guard band.

  • The opening featured an open house throughout the day, with 3 clowns distributing balloons and airplane gliders with free coffee and doughnuts available for visitors. The event was presided over by “Miss Parking Garage” who was selected the Friday evening before during an event at the nearby Paramount Theater. Miss Parking Garage won an all-expenses-paid weekend for two at Mount Airy Lodge in the Poconos, with the winner and runner-up also winning prizes donated by downtown merchants.

The two most potent influences on the form of twentieth century cities are sheer volume and the American preoccupation with mechanized transportation of all kinds. Americans will spend any amount of money for throughways, but parking is usually ignored. Could it be that a proper facility for the parking of automobiles is a blessing in disguise, since it gives large-scale elements which would define precincts for various usages? The scale of the automobile and its configurations are alien to traditional building types, but are potentially powerful unifying forces. The integration of building forms with raised and lowered throughways and parking structures leads to the true megastructure. It was the intention that the Temple Street Garage be eventually extended to three times its present length, thereby bridging over the throughway to the south and connecting the two parts of New Haven, Connecticut.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 114

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions



“Temple St. Garage Grand Opening Set For Next Monday.” The Branford Review, November 8, 1962. p. 06.

“Provocative Work Of The 1960s Points Up The Future.” Kingston Daily Freeman, December 6, 1969. p. 18

Rudolph, P. and Moholy-Nagy, S. (1970). The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, pp. 114-119.