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Courtesy of the Cutler Mfg. Co. ARCH ERECTED IN HONOR OF MAJ.-GEN. ELWELL S. OTIS, AT ROCHESTER, N. Y.,

JUNE 15, 1900

CLAUDE FAYETTE BRAGDON, ARCHITECT

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COMPETITIVE · DESIGN · FOR · New.UNION.CLUB House FIFTH AVENUE AND : FIFTY-FIRST STREET: N.Y

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COMPETITIVE DESIGN FOR THE UNION CLUB-HOUSE, NEW YORK

DONN BARBER, ARCHITECT

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COMPETITIVE DESIGN FOR THE UNION CLUB-HOUSE, NEW YORK

DONN BARBER, ARCHITECT

Aside from the fact that the entrance is too far removed from Fifth Avenue, the plan shows the greatest skill and good judgment especially exemplified in the clever way the lack of symmetry is overcome in the long narrow lounging-rooms.

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COMPETITIVE DESIGN FOR THE UNION CLUB-HOUSE, NEW YORK

DONN BARBER, ARCHITECT

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THE ARCHITECTURAL ANNUAL

HOW TO BEAUTIFY CHICAGO

ART LOVERS MUST BECOME POLITICIANS TO PROCURE RESULTS-ACTION

OUTLINED THAT, IF EFFECTED, WOULD MAKE CHICAGO INIMITABLE

BY DWIGHT HEALD PERKINS

REPRINTED FROM THE “RECORD HERALD," CHICAGO

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EFORE proceeding to a consideration of

OF OPERATIONS.
municipal art and its application to Chi Assuming that the data is at hand, the next

cago, it is necessary to define our terms. step is to plan our city-plan it just as definitely Art consists primarily in performing the neces as if it were all to be executed at once. A plan sary tasks of life in a beautiful manner.

is a study of a proposed operation, generally not in any way antagonistic to or apart from expressed graphically, and if thoroughly done, practical things, but is the meeting of practical gives to that operation the advantages of foreneeds in a beautiful way. Municipal art is the thought and of anticipation of future needs It application of this principle to corporate life. points out a line of action which may be carried The most direct way to secure a beautiful city is on definitely toward a certain goal, and at the by solving such practical everyday problems as same time it permits constant revision of details. the handling of freight, the conduct of all our In our case such a plan should include Greater industries, transportation of our people in a man Chicago. It should not be limited by the politner at once practical and beautiful.

ical boundaries of the city, but should include all In attacking the problems which concern Chi of that territory which is of daily concern to cagoans, it is necessary for us first to become Chicagoans. This would take in practically all iconoclasts. Until we tear out our smoke-pro- of Cook County, and in some directions it would ducing boilers and abate that nuisance, which go beyond the county limits. This plan should destroys not only our civic beauty but our civic be made with reference to all of the needs of character as well, we cannot hope for much pro intramural transportation, to the receiving and gress.

shipping of all kinds of merchandise, to all manART AND POLITICS.

ufacturing processes, to all official business, to

the interests of all kinds of education, to recreaThe same is necessary in regard to our politi- tion and to the embellishment of our streets and cal system. Art is essentially ethical, and until

open spaces. It should include regulations for people who really desire the welfare of Chicago buildings-for their appearance in the aggregate can become practical politicians and substitute

as well as for their safety. Such problems as better methods for those now in vogue with both municipal water, light, sewerage, telephone and of our governing parties, we cannot expect to telegraph, pneumatic tube service, etc., would of create and maintain a municipal ideal. It will

course demand an important place in these connever do for reformers to preach to politicians; siderations. instead they must become politicians and en

BIG SUBWAY PLAN. deavor to put the city's business upon a basis of equity and enlightenment.

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Such a plan, if made, would include, as I see The second step is positive in its nature, and it, a complete system of subways for all surface demands the acquiring of a knowledge of condi and elevated transit lines. It would dispense tions. It is necessary to understand Chicago's with our downtown surface and elevated loops. situation commercially and in reference to the It would make a central subterranean station business and the world's natural supplies. It is from which all lines of cars would radiate. By necessary to study her in relation to her immedi- similar extensions it would bring suburban lines ate surroundings, and her local activity, taking from all depots to the centre of the city; it would into account the activities of all classes of people. provide short cross lines for rapid transfer from It is necessary to study other cities and learn of one part of the business district to another. Subthe obstacles which they surmounted, and the ways may be arranged so that they will be permanper in which they did their work. This fectly lighted and ventilated; by the use of glazed should be done, not for the purpose of copying tiles they may become beautiful, and shops along other cities, but to enable us to realize our pres their lines may add another story to their availent and our possible conditions and to encourage able space by connecting their basements with us in our work.

the subways.

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