New Haven Architecture

Photographs and text by Enzo Figueres,
Associate, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Temple Street Parking Garage

Temple and George streets

Architect: Paul Rudolph

Year completed: 1962

While a parking garage may always just be a place to store your car, this Paul Rudolph designed parking garage is more memorable. The shape of the columns, the rhythm of the façade, it makes you wonder why other garages are always so boring. If you see the building up close, you can see the texture of the wood that was used for the “cast in place” technique when it was constructed. The malleability of the concrete allows almost unlimited shape. You can see the texture that the wood “cast” left. It was original. The contrast of harsh material with texture of imprinted wood is nice. The top of the building has interesting shapes also. The staircases are interesting, the lights. He pushed the limit…

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