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RJSA visited Orange County Government Center

Located on Main Street (NY 207) in Goshen, New York, was the main office of the government of Orange County.

The Orange County Government Center houses most county official's offices and meetings of the county legislature. It was designed by architect Paul Rudolph, who was the dean of the Yale School of Architecture. The building was completed in 1970 and an great example of Brutalist architecture.

Photograph: Steevenson Jean Louis

The building explores the use of implied space. Indoor and outdoor public spaces are interconnected in a planned sequence.

Photograph: Steevenson Jean Louis

The building closed in 2011 after suffering major damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. By December 2015 the building was reduced to a shell, and the reconstruction phase is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017. It reopened in 2018 after a restoration and preservation effort.

The restoration plans for the Orange County Government Center was lead the design firm CPL to improved efficiency, lighting, HVAC / MEP systems and ADA compliancy, among many other upgrades.


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