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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City: Syracuse
State: New York
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Nation: United States
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Type: Government
Status: Project

Date(s): 1964
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Architect: Paul Rudolph
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City Hall for Syracuse, New York

The intention of the Syracuse City Hall is to define a sense of place. The U-shaped building obscures the city jail on one side and the power plant on the other, thereby creating a plaza. The building is placed on aces with a mall leading to the principal shopping area of Syracuse. A series of bridges, ramps and walkways invites the people of Syracuse to walk from adjacent residential areas through the great porch of the building and the plaza to the town center. The building is so arranged that it forms an amphitheater for public celebrations and ceremonies. Thus is has been formed as much by external considerations as by internal ones.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 108

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions




“New City Hall Well-Planned Structure.” Syracuse Post Standard, December 24, 1964. p. 11

“Centre administratif d’etat de Massachusetts a Boston: Hotel de ville, Syracuse, N.Y., etc.” Architecture D’Aujourd’hui 35 (September 1965): 32-35.

“Stacks Keeps Steaming.” Syracuse Herald American, October 25, 1965. p. 54

Case, R. G. (1966, January 16). Steam Station Stack May Vanish Soon. Syracuse Herald American, p. 38

“Bowl-shaped civic plaza.” il., sec. Architectural Forum 125 (November 1966): 84-85.

Case, R. G. (1967, February 14). Today’s ‘New’ City Hall Chapter. Syracuse Herald Journal, p. 20

“Cheers, Not Jeer City Hall.” Syracuse Herald Journal, February 20, 1967. p. 23

“New City Hall Decision Near.” Syracuse Herald Journal, March 9, 1967. p. 33

“A City Hall For Play?.” Syracuse Herald Journal, March 31, 1967. p. 19

“Hotel de ville, Syracuse, U.S.A.” il., plan, sec. Architecture D’Aujourd’hui 39 (December 1967): 30-31.

“Thanks Mr. Searles, But-.” Syracuse Post Standard, February 20, 1969. p. 6

“It Lifts The Souls Of Citizens.” Syracuse Post Standard, March 6, 1969. p. 6

Rudolph, P. and Moholy-Nagy, S. (1970). The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, pp. 108-113.

“Big Dreams, No Money.” Syracuse Post Standard, January 31, 1970. p. 4

“Civic Center Is Rare Opportunity.” Syracuse Post Standard, March 17, 1970. p. 4

Kemper, Alfred M. Drawings by American Architects. New York: Wiley, 1973. il. p. 487.

Paul Rudolph, Dessins D’Architecture. Fribourg: Office du Livre, 1974. il., plan, sec. pp. 142-155.

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

Jacobs, David. “Rudolph style: unpredictable.” il. New York Times Magazine (26 March 1976): 47.

“Syracuse new city hall.” il., plan. Architecture and Urbanism 80 (July 1977): 170-173.