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More of Paul Rudolph's finest come under threat

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Fears are mounting in the US for the future of some of Paul Rudolph's finest buildings, following news that another of his homes faces the wrecking ball.

Just weeks after it was revealed Rudolph's 1958 Riverview High School was to be torn down - provoking the anger of the architect's former students Norman Foster and Richard Rogers - it has emerged that his house at Minuteman Hill, in Westport, Connecticut, is also likely to be demolished.

The building ( pictured), which local preservation groups believe is among Rudolph's top three residential projects, has already lost its roof membrane, opening the house to the elements.

The new owner, David Waldman, has claimed he is only 'removing contaminants'. However, it is widely feared the building will be torn down unless Waldman can be convinced of the building's architectural merits.

Built in 1973, the stylish 390m 2, cantilevered house has an unusual stucco exterior embedded with Arctic quartz.

Meanwhile, Rudolph's 1956 Cerrito house, at Watch Hill, Rhode Island, is also on the 'endangered list'.

According to reports, the home's new owners want to flatten the building and build a 'much larger' house on the plot.

by Richard Waite

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