More Paul Rudolph houses – exteriors and interiors

Milam Residence, Paul Rudolph, Architect, courtesy Paul Rudolph Foundation

Milam Residence, Paul Rudolph, Architect, courtesy Paul Rudolph Foundation

More houses by Paul Rudolph. I’m not sure why I like him so much; maybe it’s the feeling that every space is designed for a party, or the use of white, or that he went so glam/space age in the 60s and 70s. I like all the low Japanese-style seating, often set in one-step-deep conversation pits. Almost all his houses have this in common, whether they’re strict midcentury modern or 60s/70s mod. Whatever happened to conversation pits? I believe he’s underrated. His Modulightor house was in the previous post, and above is the Milam Residence; below is the Green Residence.

Paul Rudolph - The Green Residence

Paul Rudolph - The Green Residence

The Bass Residence, faintly like a white Frank Lloyd Wright:

Paul Rudolph - Bass Residence

Bass Residence, courtesy the Paul Rudolph Foundation

Below, the Cohen House, also via here, shown present day (in condition almost identical to original, for resale since it’s currently for sale) and also shortly after it was built. But what happened to the cool lamps flanking the fireplace?

cohen house by paul rudolph, photo by siebert architects

Paul Rudolph - The Green Residence

Cohen Residence by Paul Rudolph

Paul Rudolph - The Cohen Residence

The Hiss Residence, also known as the Umbrella House. All photos by Kelviin of the Paul Rudolph Foundation.

Umbrella House or Hiss Residence, courtesy the Paul Rudolph Foundation

Umbrella House or Hiss Residence, courtesy the Paul Rudolph Foundation

Below is the fairly psychedelic, late 70s glam Edersheim Apartments.

Edersheim Apartment by Paul Rudolph, 1970


Rudolph’s own apartment in the Beekman Building: lots and lots of parties. Lots and lots of house plants.

Rudolph Residence in the Beekman Building, NYC, by Paul Rudolph

And finally, as already shown in our first Rudolph post, the Alexander Hirsch Residence, later owned and refinished by Halston:

House by Paul Rudolph

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5 Responses to “More Paul Rudolph houses – exteriors and interiors”

  1. ii-ne-kore Says:

    yes, what did happen to conversation pits? maybe the tv. time for a comeback of living low and talking. or playing scrabble. or what have you.

  2. Kelvin Dickinson Says:

    I agree about the conversation pits. Rudolph used them in most of his residential designs, in the beginning as 1 or 2 step depressions in the floor, but later elevating them above the main floor to create balconies or “nests”. He even put one in the center of his office when he worked in New Haven.

    The use of multiple levels in Rudolph’s work is fascinating to be in (I work at Modulightor where there are multple levels and balconies) but not very friendly in the ADA regulated present day.

  3. vijay narain Says:

    The play of levels in Paul Rudolph houses are superb. They add tremendously to the whole experience and so are mostly placed centrally as focal point. They also give such visual delight as not seen in any other architect’s work. Conversation pits would be a great source of bonding in the current stressful life style, even if one has to add the inescapable tv of today.

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