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April 21, 2015

Modernist gem? Eyesore? Debate over the fate of N.Y. building may end soon

Associated Press

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It was designed by the late architect Paul Rudolph, a celebrated figure of the mid-20th century style known as brutalism. A decision is due next month about renovating the facade. Critics compare the plan to desecrating a Michelangelo; supporters say the building is simply ugly and poorly designed.

GOSHEN, N.Y. — From the time it was built in this quaint village 45 years ago, the county building has stirred strong opinions for its modernism-meets-Mayberry look: a geometric jumble of irregularly stacked concrete-and-glass boxes.

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