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

Type: Culture
Status: Built

Date(s): 1969
Site Area:
Floor Area:
Floors (Above Ground):
Building Cost: $4,800,000 (1974)

Client: the City of Niagara Falls, New York
Architect: Paul Rudolph
Associate Architect: 
Structural: Lev Zetlin Associates, Inc.
MEP: Sherry Associates
Library Consultants: Charles M. Mohrhardt and Ralph A. Ulveling

Contractor: Albert Elia Company

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