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.

Image rights are the responsibility of the user. Unless otherwise noted, images should be credited to the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation. Please speak with a representative of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation before publishing photographs. Drawings, sketches and other materials at the Library of Congress are in the public domain, however the digital scan or photograph of the item still belongs to its creator. The copyright of any other items remains with the estate of Paul Rudolph and Ernst Wagner, founder of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation.

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Address: 101 East 63rd Street
City: New York
State: New York
Zip Code: 10065
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 40.76533, -73.96729

Type: Residence
Status: Built

Date(s): 1966
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Client: Alexander Hirsch; Halston
Architect: Paul Rudolph
Associate Architect: 
MEP: Caretsky, Mechanical Engineers


Hirsch Residence

A world of its own, inward looking and secretive, is created in a relatively small volume of space in the middle of New York City. Varying intensities of light are juxtaposed and related to structures within structures. Simple materials (plaster, paint) are used, but the feeling is of great luxuriousness because of the space. The one exposed facade reveals the interior arrangement of volumes by offsetting each floor and room in plan and section.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 80
At first you want to change everything when you move into a house like this. But the house is such a work of art you end up giving into it.
— Halston in Halston's Hideaway by Paul Goldberg, The New York Times July 24, 1977
I know this house was designed for somebody else, but I really feel it was built for me.
— Halston
Standing inside it, one cannot help but think of Halston’s own designs, since the ideas which underlie the architecture parallel the designers own themes.
— Paul Goldberger, the New York Times
This is the way I wish my house looked. It looked so rich at Halston’s, so many orchids, so cool…
— Andy Warhol

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions