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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LOCATION
Address: 1425 Main Street
City: Niagara Falls
State: New York
Zip Code: 14305
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 43.10252, -79.05136

STATUS
Type: Culture
Status: Built

TECHNICAL DATA
Date(s): 1969
Site Area:
Floor Area:
Height:
Floors (Above Ground):
Building Cost:

PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Client: the City of Niagara Falls, New York
Architect: Paul Rudolph
Associate Architect: 
Landscape:
Structural: Lev Zetlin & Associates
MEP: Sherry Associates
QS/PM:
Library Consultants: Charles M. Mohrhardt and Ralph A. Ulveling

SUPPLIERS
Contractor: Albert Elia Company
Subcontractor(s):

Central Library for the City of Niagara Falls (EARL W. BRYDGES BUILDING)

  • Building was dedicated on March 4, 1974

“The requirements of the building program necessitated a large first floor, a smaller second floor and still smaller third floor, which resulted in sloping walls and a modified, elongated pyramidal form. The isolated public building becomes an extension of the open space in which the building is situated.”
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 232

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions

LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION

RELATED DOWNLOADS

PROJECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
Byrnes, Mark (2016). The Weird and Wonderful Library That Nearly Ruined its Architect. CityLab