Brutal Brawl

Robert A.M. Stern recounts a heated confrontation between Denise Scott Brown and Paul Rudolph

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Left: Denise Scott Brown. (Courtesy Parlour) Right: Paul Rudolph in 1978 (Photograph by Philip Periman, Texas Architect, Volume 5/6, 1998. (Courtesy Architectural Ruminations)
Left: Denise Scott Brown. (Courtesy Parlour) Right: Paul Rudolph in 1978 (Photograph by Philip Periman, Texas Architect, Volume 5/6, 1998. (Courtesy Architectural Ruminations)

In an interview with Yale School of Architecture’s Paprika! magazine, former dean Robert A.M. Stern recounts a 1969 party in which “I had to peel Denise Scott Brown away from fighting with Paul Rudolph in my apartment over the subject of the way Denise and Bob Venturi had treated Rudolph’s Crawford Manor.” Scott Brown and Venturi had “savaged” the building in Learning From Las Vegas. Stern describes architect Ulrich Franzen telling him: “Bob you better go into the library, Denise is about to kill Paul Rudolph.”




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