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: 104 Hemlock Drive
Zip Code: 36832
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 32.6048, -85.49855
Floor Area: 11,000 s.f.
Floors (Above Ground):
Building Cost: $200,000 (1962)
Architect: Paul Rudolph
Kappa Sigma Fraternity House
Rudolph’s first design was for a seven-level house which was rejected by the University on the grounds that it was too radical and impractical. Rudolph flew to Auburn to defend his design. When the board objected to the house being so different from anything on campus, Rudolph replied “It will be if I design it!”
The third design, with three-levels, was approved and constructed.
According to published articles, the house reflects Rudolph’s design of “space cavity relationships.”
The was no steel in building, which was composed of pilasters of concrete and brick. Rudolph had to take full responsibility for the design before the contractor would begin construction.
Three Barcelona chairs with chrome bases and dark, brick-red natural leather cushions (noted at $600 a piece) were donated by Rudolph as a highlight of the building’s interior. Cantilevered couches on opposite walls matched the leather of the chairs.
Carpet throughout the second level was a “rich royal blue.” The den was painted a “lustrous green.” Double swinging doors opened into the 80-100 person dining hall which was painted paprika. One newspaper article noted “it looks like the pepper tastes.”
The dining room, kitchen and bath are the only rooms in the entire house which were not carpeted wall-to-wall.
The narrow hallways were painted the same paprika as the dining room according to newspaper reports, to “keep boys from gathering in the hall and disturb those who want to study.”
The sleeping rooms fit 2 persons each, with alternating walls of paprika or blue.
Construction was originally due to be complete on September 1, 1962.
When completed, it was the second largest fraternity house on campus.
The house was demolished on October 31, 2016.
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
Phillips, S. (1961, August 02). Kappa Sig House Construction Starts in Fall Quarter. Auburn Plainsman, p.4.