|preservation efforts - John w. chorley elementary school (1964-1969)|
|The Paul Rudolph Foundation is unequivocally not against a new elementary school for the students of Middletown, NY. The Foundation understands and supports the efforts of Middletown residents to provide a new school for their community. The Paul Rudolph Foundation opposes the destruction of Chorley Elementary as it is planned to be demolished for a surface parking lot. Relocation of the parking lot to allow Chorley Elementary to remain would not require the relocation of the proposed new school, or delay its construction.|
|This page is regularly updated. Please check back often to read the latest information about our efforts to save Chorley Elementary.|
On December 18th, 2008 voters in the Middletown, NY Enlarged School District passed a referendum (428 for, 238 against) to acquire additional adjacent property to build a new elementary school. At the last minute a provision was added to demolish John Chorley Elementary School and replace it with a parking lot, despite that 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. Unless action is taken, John W. Chorley Elementary will be replaced as soon as the 2011-12 school year at an expected cost to the taxpayers of $63.5 million plus the cost of demolition.
About John W. Chorley Elementary School
John W. Chorley Elementary School is Paul Rudolph’s only building designed specifically to the scale of children. It is an enclosed, internal landscape of open classrooms (referred to as the “continuous progress plan”) naturally lit by saw-tooth clerestory windows reminiscent of the many factory buildings dotting the nearby Hudson River. The rooms at Chorley sweep into one another, each separated by operable walls, all overseen by teachers' planning centers perched above each of four wings.
Although built for 918 students and situated on a 27-acre site, discrete staggering of the instructional wings along a shifted spine connecting shared program spaces (art, music, guidance, physical education and administration) allow the students to maintain a domestic feel amidst the sprawling composition.
Built of Rudolph's trademark fluted concrete block and designed to reflect the limitless potential of its pupils, each classroom has its own door to the exterior and is open within the wing, allowing teachers the capacity to teach up to eight classes at once.
At its dedication on May 18, 1969 then Superintendent of Schools John L. Krause wrote, "let us hope that forty years hence people will be commenting favorably on the foresight of this community during the '60's."
About John W. Chorley (1888-1954) - the building's namesake
The biography below is excerpted from the dedication brochure of Paul Rudolph’s John W. Chorley Elementary School. It describes the life of the namesake of the school, John W. Chorley (1888-1954)
Current Efforts to Save John W. Chorley Elementary
To promote its preservation, John W. Chorley Elementary School was added to the 2010 'Seven to Save' list of endangered places in New York by
Preservation League of New York State. The announcement was made during a reception
at the Museum of New York January 19, 2010 after the
Paul Rudolph Foundation submitted a report to the organization about the planned
The Paul Rudolph Foundation is working with local members of the community and national preservation organizations to stop the demolition of Chorley Elementary, which has been found to be both State and National Register eligible. In addition to raising awareness about the building's history, the Foundation has begun a petition to ask the Middletown school board to reconsider its plans.
The goal of the petition is to have 3,000 signatures - we urgently need your help to see that we can reach this goal!
Please ask the school board to rethink its decision
To ensure your voice is heard, please be sure to click through both confirmations to see your comments appear on the list of signatures. Please forward this petition to everyone you know who is concerned about the preservation of modern architecture.
More information about the Paul Rudolph Foundation's efforts to save John W. Chorley Elementary from demolition will be posted on this site as available. For more information about the Foundation's efforts to save Chorley, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Drawings of John W. Chorley Elementary School|
|Aerial Photographs of John W. Chorley Elementary School|
|Historical Photographs of John W. Chorley Elementary School|
|Current Exterior Photographs of John W. Chorley Elementary School|
|Current Interior Photographs of John W. Chorley Elementary School|
|Links for more information about John W. Chorley Elementary School|
The Paul Rudolph Foundation - dedicated to further the knowledge, preservation and understanding of Paul Rudolph's work in the context of 20th Century architecture and design
The Paul Rudolph Foundation Blog - a blog of Paul Rudolph related news maintained by the Paul Rudolph Foundation
Paul Rudolph Facebook Page - a facebook page dedicated to Paul Rudolph
Paul Rudolph Foundation Facebook Page - The official facebook page of the Paul Rudolph Foundation
John W. Chorley Elementary School Flickr Page - A page of current and historical images of John W. Chorley Elementary by Foundation Co-Director Kelvin Dickinson
John W. Chorley Elementary School Flickr Page - A page of current images of John W. Chorley Elementary by Foundation Co-Director Sean Khorsandi
John W. Chorley Elementary School Flickr Page - A page of current images of John W. Chorley Elementary by Andrei Harwell
The Art & Architecture of Paul Rudolph - A flickr group dedicated to images of the work of Paul Rudolph, including many of John W. Chorley Elementary
Preservation League of New York State - A group dedicated to the protection of New York's diverse and rich heritage of historic buildings, districts and landscapes
Seven to Save Program - a program sponsored by the Preservation League of New York State which has listed John W. Chorley Elementary on its 2010 list
References for John W. Chorley Elementary
Middletown, New York . 1964-1969. In association with Peter Barbone
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