Recreation Center, St. Petersburg, FL, 1947-1948 (with Ralph Twitchell) Project Not Built


"In the expressionistic rendering, attenuated beams and columns support an extraordinarily thin, upturned entry canopy. An ambitiously cantilevered steel-guyed concrete bleacher roof emphasizes the precedence of the visual effect over any structural pragmatism. Though the project seems to have an element of fantasy, it was intended to be built, and Twitchell and Rudolph executed the construction drawings. In time, Rudolph’s visual ability became enriched by a more rigorous discipline as his knowledge of structural capabilities increased and as he refined his compositions of architectural space."
Domin, Christopher, and Joseph King. Paul Rudolph:The Florida Houses. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. p. 218.