Government Service Center

Much more impressive than City Hall, although also much bleaker, is Paul Rudolph’s Government Service Center.   Rudolph was the chair of the architecture school at Yale and designed the building in the manner of an Italian town (not my idea of an Italian town).   The complex is said to demonstrate all the characteristics of his style – ‘rough-aggregate corrugated surfaces, rhythmically repeated piers, overhanging cornices, and sculpturally articulated service cores, multiplying the Brutalist aesthetic close to a point of delirium’:-


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