About the Foundation

The Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation was established to further the knowledge, understanding, and preservation of the work of Late Modernist architect & educator Paul Rudolph. Through preservation and advocacy efforts, educational initiatives, public events and maintaining and developing an archive of written and graphic materials, the Foundation seeks to communicate the legacy of this unique American Master in a larger architectural and cultural context to interested students, journalists, scholars, and the general public.

In his lifetime, Mr. Rudolph wished his home at 23 Beekman Place in New York City to become an architectural study and resource center for the design community of the New York metropolitan area. The Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation is creating a similar setting in a Rudolph-designed building on 58th Street known as the Modulightor building.  A wholly unique endeavor, the Foundation is the only organization in New York City located in a building and space designed by and dedicated to the career of one 20th Century architect. The Foundation space is open to the public for Foundation events and by appointment. In addition, the space is made available for rent as a location for special events, photo shoots, and videos; the proceeds from which benefit the Foundation.

The Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation operates under IRS code section 501(c)(3) as a non-profit organization. Your contribution to the Foundation is always tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The Collections & Library

The Foundation owns, maintains, and is growing a collection of information on Paul Rudolph including press clippings, books, and various tangible or digital materials about or relating to Mr. Rudolph's own work, influences and the contemporary cultural context in which he lived and worked.  The Foundation has thus far been able to digitally preserve a selection of photographs and articles related to Mr. Rudolph.  The Foundation, pending further financial support, will professionally document, categorize, and present this and additional material in a cohesive manner for study by students, scholars, and the general public.

Preservation & Advocacy

The Foundation advocates for the preservation and proper maintenance of buildings designed by Mr. Rudolph.  Preservation is a key role in educating others on Mr. Rudolph's legacy through the direct experience of his built work.  The Foundation holds lectures, exhibitions, develops educational tours of buildings and makes suggestions for sensitive adaptive reuse and redevelopment schemes as alternatives to demolition.

The Foundation makes available, in a variety of forms, the material that is maintained and collected by the Foundation.  The Foundation encourages, promotes, and is a catalyst for the further study of Mr. Rudolph's work and his times through involvement in or initiation of scholarly publications, lectures, exhibitions, newsletters, symposia and visits to Rudolph designed buildings and spaces.  Funds are sought to continue working with other organizations such as DOCOMOMO (an international 20th Century preservation organization), the Library of Congress and other cultural organizations in New York City on publications, events and exhibitions exploring Rudolph's work, influences, and the architecture of the Late-Modernist era.

As both an educational and fundraising tool, the Foundation offers a selection of products designed by Mr. Rudolph or influenced by him.  The Foundation markets items such as furniture reproductions, lighting, limited edition prints of drawings by Mr. Rudolph, and books.  The profits from the sale of these items are devoted entirely to the Foundation and its programs.