How do you solve a problem like Paul Rudolph? The work of his office has always been on the chopping block, depending on the project or the mood of the developer. See, as examples, his Orange County Government Center, Shoreline Apartments, the Burroughs Wellcome Headquarters, Riverview High School, several homes, and the list goes on. Once the decision to demolish is made, common excuses are trotted out—Rudolph’s buildings are too difficult, too austere, and even dangerous to occupy. He’s always been the most idiosyncratic of the Heroics—the moniker awarded to Boston’s Brutalists in the 2015 book I authored with Mark Pasnik and Michael Kubo.
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