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: Lally Lane
City: Hamilton
State: New York
Zip Code: 13346
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 42.81685, -75.53876

Type: Academic
Status: Built

Date(s): 1963
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Architect: Paul Rudolph
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Charles H. Dana Creative Arts Center for Colgate University

The Colgate Theater has some of the features of an Elizabethan theater: four side stages (two levels on each side) and an apron that projects into the audience in a V form. The stage continues in front of the side stages, and along the sides of the audience. It is the level you actually enter on. Part of my notion is that when you enter the theater you are on the stage, and then you go down and take your seats.
— "The Changing Practice: Theaters." Progressive Architecture 46 (October 1965): 160-220
The scale of the building is increased by emphasizing the top floor, which is supported on three-storey high columns. The intervening space is filled with volumes which reflect the needs of the interior. Thus the building reads from a great distance across the magnificent, rolling hills in which it is placed. Automobiles and townspeople enter from the lower level through the porte-cochere, which is focused on the gold dome of the church at the top of the hill. Students will arrive by a bridge from the top of the hill down to the roof, and from there into an exhibition area at the center. The building recognizes the broad expanses and distant views on one side, the inward looking hill aspect on the other, and the importance of the roofscape.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 166

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions




“Creative Arts Center Will Add To Colgate’s Creativity Atmosphere.” Norwich Evening Sun, December 19, 1963. p. 3

“Creative Arts Building Will Be Built In July At Colgate University.” Cazenovia Republican, January 2, 1964. p. 5

“Art Center’s Design Lauded By President.” Syracuse Post Standard, April 11, 1964. p. 45

“Another art center by Rudolph unveiled.” il., plans, sec. Progressive Architecture 45 (May 1964): 57.

“Rudolph designs for Colgate.” il., plan, sec. Architectural Record 135 (May 1964): 10.

“Colgate Breaks Ground For Creative Arts Center.” Syracuse Standard Post, September 5, 1964. p. 51

“Preview: 73.” il., plan, sec. Architectural and Engineering News 8 (December 1964): 65-67.

“Project pour un theatre a Boston.” il., plan, sec. Architecture D’Aujourd’hui 35 (September-November 1965): 34.

“Colgate: creativity can’t be delegated.” il., plans. Progressive Architecture 46 (October 1965): 212.

“Unusual Rooftops.” Syracuse Herald Journal, February 15, 1966. p. 41

“Inside out.” il. Time 87 (11 March 1966): 72.

“Campus porte cochere.” il. Architectural Forum 124 (June 1966): 64.

“Colgate To Honor Architect.” Syracuse Post Standard, September 3, 1966. p. 51

“Colgate: creative arts center.” il., plans, sec. Progressive Architecture 48 (February 1967): 114-121.

“Colgate Exhibits Rudolph Concepts,” Syracuse Herald American, March 03, 1967. p. 40

“Implied spaces.” il., plan. Architectural Review 142 (September 1967): 171.

Charles A. Dana Creative Arts Center. Colgate University. Hamilton: Colgate University, n.d. il., plans. p. 10.

“Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y.: creative arts center.” il., plan, sec. Architecture D’Aujourd’hui 39 (April 1968): 26-27.

“Everson at Expo '70.” Syracuse Post Standard, March 23, 1970. p. 8

Rudolph, P. and Moholy-Nagy, S. (1970). The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, pp. 167-173.

Paul Rudolph. Introduction and notes by Rupert Spade. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971. il., plan, sec. plates 63-71. pp. 126-127.

Chermayeff, Ivan. Observation of American Architecture. New York: Viking, 1972. il. (pt. col.), pp. 68-69.

Kemper, Alfred M. Drawings by American Architects. New York: Wiley, 1973. sec. p. 489.

Paul Rudolph, Dessins D’Architecture. Fribourg: Office du Livre, 1974. il., sec, elev. pp. 136-139.

Tynan, Trudy. “Work of county center architect has leaky history.” Middletown Times Herald Record, September 06, 1974

“Chronological list of works by Paul Rudolph, 1946-1974.” il., plan. Architecture and Urbanism 49 (January 1975): 160.

“Creative arts center.” il., plan, sec. Architecture and Urbanism 80 (July 1977): 248-251.