Today, architectural flaneur Theodore Grunewald tweeted a shocking image by photographer Doug Ensel showing what the Paul Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center has become. Behold.
Rudolph’s Brutalist building was completed in 1967, but its fate today is akin to … actually, I’m speechless. This is a travesty. When plans for demolition were first announced, the proposed replacement looked boring but not hideous. This — from what we can tell — looks like a tacky condo that someone might call “Aqua” or “Riverside” in order to attract oblivious buyers, or maybe it looked like a tiny IKEA store; either way, just no.