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Paul Rudolph’s apartment building for the elderly is by far the best of the buildings created within the Weybosset Hill redevelopment project, even though it’s not so good as it should have been. Its animated massing and juxtaposition of cast-concrete and brick make it much livelier and inviting than the sterile monoliths that otherwise fill this area, but balconies for each unit that disappeared during construction because of the budget constraints would have made this one of Rudolph’s best buildings. Rudolph was, of course the country’s leading exponent of the use of concrete both structurally and decoratively, following in the footsteps of Le Corbusier. In contrast to his recently completed and much vilified Art and Architecture Building at Yale University, this building has long enjoyed approval by its residents and desirability among those who wait to be admitted.

– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture

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