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: Detroit
State: Michigan
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Nation: United States
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Type: Academic
Status: Project

TECHNICAL DATA
Date(s): 1966
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Architect: Paul Rudolph
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Monteith College Center for Wayne State University

Wayne State University’s proposed Humanities Building provides a sense of community for its community students by placing a series of relatively small spaces (seminar rooms, student and faculty offices, activity rooms, etc.) on a series of ramps. They encircle a skylighted central space which extends the entire height of the building. This method of circulation eliminates the usual endless halls and brings together all the occupants of the building into one great space “to see and be seen”. Lecture rooms, dining room and changing rooms are placed on the first level. The exterior of the building reveals the vertically staggered smaller spaces around the ramp.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 176

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
“Chronological list of works by Paul Rudolph, 1946-1973.” il., plan. Architecture and Urbanism 49 (January 1975): 162.

“Monteith College Center.” il., plan, sec., elev. Architecture and Urbanism 80 (July 1977): 264-267.

Rudolph, Paul. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. Introduction by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy. New York: Praeger, 1970. il., sec. pp. 176-177.

Paul Rudolph, Dessins D’Architecture. Fribourg: Office du Livre, 1974. il. pp. 182-183.