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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Status: Demolished

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Christian Science Student Center at the University of Illinois

Demolished in 1987.

This building is sited next to structures of disparate scale and style. The exterior is purposely scaleless and can be read as many different sizes. The interior has many functions but most of the volumes of space are interconnected, with sliding walls allowing the building to be used occasionally for much larger lecture groups. The character of individual spaces changes markedly by the way light is introduced into the building, by the use of colors and of varying proportions.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 138

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions

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PROJECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
McCahill, E. (1965, October 12). Finish New reading Room. Chicago Daily Illini, p. 3

“Paul Rudolph’s elaborated spaces: six new projects.” il., plans, sec., elev. Architectural Record 139 (June 1966): 146-147.

“Architecture strongly manipulated in space and scale: a Christian Science student center.” il. (pt. col.), plans, diags. Architectural Record 141 (February 1967): 137-142.

“Implied space".” il. plan. Architectural Review 142 (September 1967): 171.

Koeper, Frederick. Illinois Architecture From Territorial Times to the Present. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1968. il. pp. 284-285.

Rudolph, P. and Moholy-Nagy, S. (1970). The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, pp. 138-141.

Paul Rudolph. Introduction and notes by Rupert Spade. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971. il. (pt. col.), plan. plates 82-87, p. 127.

Marlin, William. “Paul Rudolph: drawings.” sec. Architectural Forum 138 (June 1973) 48-49.

Paul Rudolph, Dessins D’Architecture. Fribourg: Office du Livre, 1974. sec. pp. 120-121.

“Chronological list of works by Paul Rudolph, 1946-1974.” il., plan. Architecture and Urbanism 49 (January 1975): 159.

“Christian Science organization building.” Architecture and Urbanism 80 (July 1977): 130, 240-241.

Religious Buildings by the editors of Architectural Record. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979. il. plan, sec. pp. 26-31.

Riley, Robert B. “Light and texture in a student center.” col. il. AIA Journal 68 (September 1979): 84-85.