On December 18th, 2008 voters in the Middletown, NY school district passed a referendum to acquire property to build a new elementary school. At the last minute a provision was added to demolish John W. Chorley Elementary School. Designed by Modernist architect Paul Rudolph, it is composed of open classrooms naturally lit by saw-tooth clerestory windows reminiscent of the many factory buildings dotting the nearby Hudson River. The property has been deemed State and National Register eligible by the State of New York.
The school district plans to replace Rudolph's building with a parking lot, despite the construction of the new school does not require Chorley's demolition and without consideration of integrating the historic structure into the proposal or the possibility of Chorley's adaptive reuse.
Please ask the school board to rethink its decision and save this masterpiece of Modern architecture from the wrecking ball! For more information about John Chorley Elementary and the Paul Rudolph Foundation's efforts to save the building, visit our website at www.paulrudolph.org/chorley.html
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