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Oppose the demolition of the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY

Sign the petition and show your support for Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center. Once it’s demolished, there are no second chances.

On May 3, the Orange County Legislature could vote to demolish the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY. Designed by Paul Rudolph and completed in 1971, the structure is a testament to the era when civic architecture was forging new avenues in design and construction. From its textured concrete exterior to its open floor plan, the building has all the hallmarks of Rudolph’s unique architectural style.

Damage caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 caused local administrators to close the building and call for its demolition. A proposed $75 million building would replace the Rudolph designed Orange County Government Center. Many people would like to see better evidence that the Rudolph building can’t be restored and serve the community’s needs. The people of Orange County, who will be bearing the economic burden of the legislature’s decision, deserve the most cost-effective plan. So far access to the building has not been provided to allow for independent studies that could develop other accurate cost estimates for rehabilitation and make a proper comparison against the cost of demolition and new construction.

Preservationists see the artistic value of the building and the legacy of previous county administrators wishing to present Goshen as a thriving and dynamic community. The Orange County government should be responsible stewards of this legacy.