New Book Highlights Preservation of Modern Architecture


"Preservation of Modern Architecture" by Theodore Prudon is a timely and substantial new book on an increasingly urgent subject. Not only have a number of projects by Paul Rudolph fallen victim to the wrecking ball but many other modernist masterpieces are also threatened. This book is an excellent introductory study of the issues. It is divided into two parts. The first chapters discuss the philosophical and practical issues of historic presevation of modern buildings. The second part presents case studies of the restoration and conservation of individual projects. There are no Paul Rudolph projects discussed in the case studies but he is referred to a number of times throughout the text.