Rededication of Paul Rudolph’s "Art & Architecture Building" and the Opening of Yale’s New Arts Complex

Following its renovation and restoration, undertaken with the support of Sid R. Bass, Paul Rudolph’s renowned 1963 Art & Architecture Building was rededicated and officially renamed Paul Rudolph Hall in a two-day celebration of the acclaimed architect’s life and work on November 7 and 8.

The Rudolph Building is part of a new arts complex, which includes the new Jeffrey H. Loria Center for the History of Art and the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, and the weekend events also marked the opening of this historic addition to the Yale campus.

Rededication of Paul Rudolph’s “Art & Architecture Building” and the Opening of Yale’s New Arts Complex


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Paul Rudolph’s “Art & Architecture Building”


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Rededication of Paul Rudolph’s “Art & Architecture Building”


Times are approximate.

Start: Fanfare composed by Yale alum (BA 1919), for the dedication of the Rudolph bldg in 1963

1:30: Welcoming remarks by Dean Robert Stern

10:30: Charles Gwathmey gives keynote  address, “The Architect’s Vision”

25:00: President Richard C. Levin gives dedication speech

38:00: Presentation of gifts to donors

39:00: Richard Lalli and students perform Alelulia chorus with words written for the occasion

40:00: Remarks by Robert B. Haas

45:50: Remarks by Jeffrey H. Loria

50:04: Remarks by Sid Bass

53:30: Ribbon cutting

55:15: Fanfare composed by Thomas C. Duffy

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Designed by Yale School of Architecture alumnus Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, the arts complex forms a vibrant hub where leading architects, designers and art historians will be trained and groundbreaking ideas generated.

Highlights of the weekend’s events were a keynote lecture, by Timothy Rohan, curator of the current exhibition in the gallery of the Rudolph building: “Model City: Buildings and Projects by Paul Rudolph for Yale and New Haven,” and two panel discussions about Rudolph’s legacy moderated by architecture critic Paul Goldberger. Among the eminent panelists were Pritzker Prize-winners, and Yale School of Architecture alumni, Sir Norman Foster and Sir Richard Rogers.

The rededication of the newly renovated Paul Rudolph Hall took place 45 years to the day after the official opening of Paul Rudolph’s 20th-century modernist monument. Yale University President Richard Levin, Yale School of Architecture Dean Robert Stern, and donors Sid R. Bass ‘65, Jeffrey H. Loria ‘62, Robert B. Haas ‘69 were among those dignitaries who marked this historic milestone.

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