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.

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Address: 19 Level Street
City: New Haven
State: Connecticut
Zip Code: 06515
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 41.34461, -72.96307

Type: Housing
Status: Demolished

Date(s): 1968
Site Area:
Floor Area:
Floors (Above Ground): 2
Building Cost:

Architect: Paul Rudolph
Associate Architect: 
Landscape: Technical Planning Associates
Structural: Paul Gugliotta
MEP: Hubbard, Lawless & Osborne


Oriental Masonic Gardens

  • Demolished in 1981

  • Replaced by new housing known as ‘Westfield Manor’

In New Haven, in the 60s, I designed some housing using trailers. I had the acquiescence of Mayor Lee, a remarkable mayor indeed. The whole notion of making a project for about 150 people using trailers was difficult to persuade anybody to do. I suppose it was a mistake; it was eventually demolished. People hated it. First of all it leaked, which is a very good reason to hate something, but I think it was much more complicated than that. Psychologically, the good folk who inhabited these dwellings thought that they were beneath them. In other words, the deviation of the dwelling was not something to their liking. I thought, and I suppose the mayor thought, that trailers were perfectly good enough for them. But I should say, in defense of what we built, that it was a pocket court plan and that it provided a separate outside space for each family. There were two stories, with a core at the center. I am very tenacious about certain things, and in the long run it seems to me that with the correcting of mistakes one can make something much more successful.
— Paul Rudolph in “Rethinking Designs in the 60s,” Perspecta, 1998

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions