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: 50 Roosevelt Avenue
City: Middletown
State: New York
Zip Code: 10940
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 41.45742, -74.42119

Type: Academic
Status: Demolished

Date(s): 1964
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Architect: Paul Rudolph
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John W. Chorley Elementary School

Closed in 2014.

Chorley Elementary School is divided into four wings, each of which can be totally opened or divided into separate classrooms. The classrooms are defined by levels stepping up the hill rather than walls, thus allowing great flexibility for the teaching program. The school is intimately scaled and never revealed as a whole.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 178

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions



“School System To Conduct Adult Field Trips.” Middletown Times Herald Record, October 16, 1964. p. 33

“School Board Plans Two Sessions.” Middletown Times Herald Record, January 4, 1966. p. 19

“Paul Rudolph’s elaborated spaces: six new projects.” il., plan, sec. Architectural Record 139 (June 1966): 148-150.

“Ecole primaire a Middleton, N.Y.” il., plan, sec. Architecture D’Aujourd’hui 128 (October-November 1966): 8-9

Middleton, Robin. “Disintegration.” sec., elev. Architectural Design 37 (May 1967): 203-204.

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

“Site and program generate a new school shape.” il. (pt. col.), plan, sec. Architectural Record 145 (May 1969): 135-140

“John Chorley elementary school at Middletown, N.Y.” il., plan, sec. Architettura 15 (December 1969): 530-531.

Rudolph, Paul. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. Introduction by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy. New York: Praeger, 1970. il., plan, sec. pp. 178-183.

Cook, John Wesley and Heinrich Klotz. Conversations with Architects. New York: Praeger, 1973. il. pp. 102-104.

Gordon, Barclay F., ed. Interior Spaces Designed by Architects. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974. il. plan, sec. pp. 29-32.

“Rudolph.” sec. Architects Journal 160 (4 September 1974): 526-527.

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.