|photos: Joseph Molitor, 1972|
|Photo: Joseph Molitor|
In 1969 pharmaceuticals giant Burroughs-Wellcome commissioned Paul Rudolph to design its headquarters in Research Triangle Park, NC, an area between Raleigh and Durham dominated by high-tech corporate research facilities The building was expanded by Rudolph in the 1980s and a covenant prevented unauthorized changes during his lifetime. After a series of mergers, Burroughs became GlaxoSmithKline, which sold the 700,000 square foot facility in June of last year. The new owners, United Therapeutics, describe themselves as admirers of Paul Rudolph and plan to retain what they consider ‘historically important’ parts of the complex and demolish others, presumably the 1980s expansion.
|Rendering of proposed expansion, via the Herald-Sun|
“There are other examples of buildings that have been saved and renovated, and they're great icons,” he said. “There is renewed appreciation for this work. It's a matter of tastes are changing, but you need to get the right attention to the right people.”
Rudolph’s 1964 Endo Laboratories in Garden City, NY suffered a similar fate. It, too, has changed ownership and use, the company being bought by DuPont in 1969 which continued to operate there until 2004. The current owner performed a hasty and insensitive renovation that included painting over board-form concrete surfaces and replacing the Robert Zion roof garden with Astroturf. The bulk of it is currently leased to Lifetime Brands, which uses the main laboratory space as a showroom for its household products.
|Endo Laboratories in 2012, photo: Paul Rudolph Foundation|
Read the Herald-Sun article here.
|Section-perspective of the original scheme by Paul Rudolph, courtesy the Paul Rudolph Archive at Library of Congress|