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Rudolph home spared the wrecking ball

In a rare stroke of luck, a Paul Rudolph house has avoided the fate of many of his other buildings, and has been spared the wrecking ball.

Rudolph's Cerritto House on Rhode Island, US, was in line to be demolished after its current owners decided they wanted a larger holiday home on the site.

It seemed that the property would be added to the ever-growing list of Rudolph buildings that are either earmarked for, or have been, demolished.

But thanks to two New York designers, the 1956 clapboard house has been rescued and will be dislodged from its foundations and taken to the Catskills in New York State.

According to a report, the 1,190m2 dwelling will be sliced in half to enable it to be moved 320 kilometres across the country.

A significant amount of Rudolph's work has already been demolished, such as his house on Minute Man Hill in Connecticut, which was razed despite a public outcry ( Rudolph home demolished despite massive opposition ).

Other Rudolph buildings in line for the wrecking ball include his Riverside High School in Sarasota, Florida, and his Blue Cross 'skyscraper' in Boston, which could make way for an 80-storey Renzo Piano tower ( Yet another Rudolph building faces destruction ).

The man behind the rescue, designer Daniel Sachs, told the New York Times: 'It's a great house. It's exactly what I like about design. At first it looks very ordinary, but the more time you spend, it evolves into a thoughtfully worked-out piece of architecture.'

by Richard Vaughan

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