College Architecture in America and Its Part in the Development of the Campus

College Architecture in America and Its Part in the Development of the Campus

College Architecture in America and Its Part in the Development of the Campus

College Architecture in America and Its Part in the Development of the Campus

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Upon being requested to write a book on the architectural development of American colleges and intended as a body of suggestion to institutions contemplating physical improvement, the task appeared impossible, by reason of the scant and fragmentary leisure resulting from an exacting professional practice. It was realized, however, that there might be a need for such observations as could be made as a result of some thirty years' experience in designing college and university buildings. Having entered upon the undertaking, the work grew in unexpected volume as it proceeded, and the propriety of double authorship soon became apparent.

The first preliminary was a survey of a large number of educational institutions throughout the country, with a view to supplementing the knowledge already assimilated by having had for years a number of these as clients. Over seventy were personally visited. Where remoteness prevented this, inquiries were mailed and brought forth generous responses. This co-operation from busy college officers is the more appreciated as they are known to be under a perennial burden of questionnaires of many sorts. It was unfortunately upon college catalogues and "view books" alone that we had to rely in some cases. The sincere thanks of the authors are here extended collectively to all those who have co-operated by their hospitality upon visits of inspection, by providing data of many sorts, and critically reading some of the manuscript.

Those highly stationed in the educational profession view a world so large and full of other exigencies that architecture can but occupy a fraction of their thoughts. It seems to us, however, the growing weight of architectural appreciation and judgment cannot be ignored. Expressed in numbers alone what does this amount to? There are thousands of practising architects in the United States and many more thousands of their assistants or draftsmen. Add the students at the . . .

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