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President John Bakewell, Jr.

Secretary and Treasurer. Sylvain Schnaittacher

Jno. Bakewell, Jr. Edgar A. Mathews

Joseph C. Newsome


President John P. Krempel

Secretary-Treasurer Fred H. Roehrig

I Octavius Morgan

Members < Sumner P. Hunt

I Wm. S. Hebbard

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President Geo. E. Greenwood

Vice-President Chas. Peter Weeks

Secretary A. L. Williams

Treasurer Wm. D. Sherman

Henry A. Thomsen James A. Magee

2inB Angplra Arrl|itprtural (Club

President Arthur Rolland Kelly

\'ice-Peesident Harry F. Withey

Secretary-Treasurer Henry E. Bean

Chairman Educational Committee

John T. Vawter

Chairman House and Entertainment Committees,

Mossier of Atelier

Gilbert Stanley Underwood

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Pkesident J. B. Lyman

Vice-President F. C. Cressy

Secretary Robt. Halley, Ir.

Treasurer G. A. Haussen

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President., Charles Peter Weeks, San Fr

Vice-Pres....John Bakewell, Jr., San Fr

Sec'y-Treas.. . . Aug, G. Headman, San Fr

Next Convention City— San Francisco.

Architects' Homes Robbed

A number of Los Angeles architects
are wondering why it is that the gentle-
men who follow burglary for a profes-
sion have singled them out for victims.
As the burglars in each instance secured
a sufficient reward, their good judgment
cannot be questioned at any rate. Among
the homes entered were those of John
Parkinson, of Parkinson & Bergstrom,
Lyman Farvvell and A. F. Rosenheim.

^aniFrancisico ^ocietp
of aircftitectsJ

Regular Meetings Second
Wednesday of Each Month

John Bakewell, Jr.

Charles Peter Weeks

William Otis Raiguel

John Galen Howard and Louis C. Mullgardt

President -
Secretary and Treasurer
Committees: —

Membership — Wm. C. Hays, Fred'k H. Meyer, and Geo. W. Kelham.

Architectural Practice — John Galen Howafd. Clarence R. Ward, and Houghton

Entertainment and Program — Louis C. Mullgardt. Chas. P. Weeks, and Louis

Allied Arts — Loring P. Rixford, J. Harry Blohme, and Warren C. Perry.

Publicity — Wm. Otis Raiguel, John J. Donovan, and E. Coxhead.

Education — Bernard R. Maybeck. Arthur Brown. Jr., and John Baur.

Competitions — Chas. P. Weeks. Wm. C. Hays, and John Reid. Jr.

December Meeting of San Francisco
Society of Architects

The regular mcmthly meeting of the
San Francisco Society of Architects was
held at the University Club, California
and Powell streets, on the evening of
December 9th.

The Development of the Foot of Mar-
ket Street, which was discussed at the
September meeting, was given further
consideration, and a committee was ap-
pointed to take charge of the subject
and bring it up in a more comprehensive
way at some future meeting.

Mr. Bakewell reported that the Loeb
prize of $S0 had been won by Mr. L. C.
Rosenburg of San Francisco, and that
Mr. F. Allamand, Jr., also of San Fran-
cisco, had been placed fifth in the compe-
tition. This is the first instance in which
a San Francisco man has won a prize
in the Xew York judgment of the Beaux-
Arts Society and is a gratifying instance
of the progress of student work in San

Mr. Mullgardt reported that the com-
mittee on the appointment of a State Art
Commission, which was appointed by the
last Legislature, has submitted its report
and that the subject will come up during
the next Legislative session.

Mr. Mullgardt introduced the guest of
the evening, Mr. .\llen True, a painter
who has been associated with Frank
Brangwyn. A. R. A., in the preparation
of the Eight Mural Decorations for the
Court of .Abundance at the Exposition,
and who is now engaged in hanging

Mr. True gave a most delightful talk
on his association with Mr. Brangwyn

and on his work and personality. It
developed that Mr. True was one of
those rare individuals who have the pa-
tience and foresight to record some of
the intimate sayings and doings of a
great man and it was a distinct treat to
be allowed to share some of them with

At the conclusion of his talk a unani-
mous vote of thanks was extended to
Mr. True.

Seattle Chapter, A. I. A.

.A.t the December meeting of the Wash-
ington State Chapter, American Institute
of Architects, Harold Ogden Sexsmith
was elected a junior member of the

.'\ discussion of a proposed State Hous-
ing Law was held the bill introduced at
the last session of the Legislature being
the basis of the discussion. The chapter
expressed itself as in favor of a simpli-
fied form of a State law, one that would
define general requirements, leaving the
details of the arrangement and require-
ments to be worked out by each commu-
nity for itself to suit its own needs.

Professor Trevor Kincaid, of the Uni-
versity of Washington, delivered an
illuminating address on the art and arch-
itecture of Japan, in which country Pro-
fessor Kincaid had spent some time as
a resident of the city of Tokyo.

Elected Fellows

.\t the recent convention in Washing-
ton of the .\merican Institute of Archi-
tects Messrs. W. B. Faville of San Fran-
cisco and Fernand Parmentier of Los.
Angeles were elected Fellows.


The Architect and Engineer

Berkeley's New School Buildings

A statement of the proposed expendi-
ture of the $500,000 in school bond
money, issued by the Berkeley School
Commission, is as follows:

Clareniont school — For Cox property,
$50,000; for 6-room building, $28,000; to-
tal, $78,000. Architect, Jas. W. Plachek of

Ward and Telegraph school — Property,
$48,000; building, $100,000; total, $148,-
000. Architects, Hobart & Cheney of
San Francisco.

South Berkeley — Building and prop-
erty, $108,000. Architect, W. H. Ratclifif

West Berkeley — Property. $35,000-
building, $36,000; total, $71,000. Archi-
tect, Walter Reed, Oakland.

North Berkeley — Property land build-
ing. $82,000. Architect, Ernest Coxhead
of San Francisco.

The equipment for buildings is set at
$25,000 and the grand total is figured at
$512,000. As there is available in the
1915 bond fund $512,857, a surplus over
estimates of 857 is apparent.

A Song of Six Per Cent

An inside, professional view of the
architect's scale of remuneration is con-
tained in the following humorous verses,
recited at a recent meeting of the Cleve-
land Chapter of the American Institute
of Architects:

"Sing a song of six per cent.

Pockets full of dough,

That's what the client thinks

Because he doesn't know.

Poor darned architect

Knows he's just a slob;

Six per cent is not so much

Unless you've got a job.

per cent

Sing a song of six
Arc'tec full of _ry( .
Million-dollar c'nimissions
Float before his eye;
When the night is over.
How his head does ache!
.■\ yiddish flat at two per
Is what he'll gladly take.'

Benefits of State License Law

At the last convention of the American
Institute of Architects an interesting re-
port was read on "Registration and
Licensing of Architects," showing that
the various states are fast providing laws
for the licensing of architects. The laws
in New Jersey, Louisiana, California and
the proposed law in Missouri are all
operated along similar lines. Referring
to the benefits attained from the Cali-
fornia Act. Secretary Sylvain Schnnait-
tacher of the Northern California Dis-
trict writes as follows:

The great benefit of the act is in establishing
the professional status of the architect who is
licensed, as against the unlicensed practitioner, who
IS barred from competing for public work and
also is in the position that if he sues to recover
from a client for service, the fact that he is
unlicensed is accepted as an admission of incom-
petence to perform the services for which he
seeks to recover.

Institute Code Rule Suspended Affecting
School Competitions

Members of the American Institute of
Architects in California have been re-
lieved of any professional embarrassment
by the action of the board of directors
of the Institute in suspending during
1915 the code relative to competitions
so far as it may apply to school buildings
erected in conformity with the law of
1872. This law requires school trustees
to advertise for plans for buildings and
provides that the architect selected must
give a bond for $5,000 guaranteeing that
the structure can be erected within the
specified cost. The code .of the Institute
prohibits its meiribers participating in
competitions not held in accordance with
the same and as the law of 1872 will not
permit full compliance with the Institute
code, the temporary suspension of the
code will materially assist Institute arch-
itects engaged in school work. The sus-
pension of the code was recommended
by the Institute convention at Washing-
ton and the matter was referred to the
board of directors, which took action in
accordance therewith immediately.

Burying Hatchets

"To show how the spirit of peace now
broods over the proceedings of San
Francisco Chapter, A. I. A., under Mr.
Faville's presidency," remarked a mem-
ber the other day, "it is gratifying to
note that several long standing feuds
were forever ended at the memorable
meeting held on the 19th of November.
Not the least of these was the healing
of the breech between Willis Polk and
B. J. S. Cahill.

"These two architects, who were close
friends for many years, fell out on the
question of the Civic Center issue of
1909, when Polk so ably championed the
Burnham plan and Cahill opposed it with
a scheme of his own.

"On the occasion in question Mr. Ca-
hill read the principal paper of the even-
ing, and Mr. Polk very handsomely
expressed his appreciation. As the paper
read by Cahill was a plea for peace in
the Chapter it may be said, therefore, to
have borne immediate fruit."

Engineers and Architects' New Officers

The Engineers and Architects' Asso-
ciation of Los Angeles have elected the
following officers for 1915: Samuel Stor-
row, president; A. H. Koebig, first vice-
president; W. A. E. Noble, second vice-
president; Arthur S. Bent, J. J. Backus,
A. C. Martin and Kenneth Shively, di-

The association is interested in a pro-
posed bill to be submitted to the next
legislature, to govern expert testimony
in civil and criminal cases.

The Architect and Engineer


Prospects for Architects

Castroville, which is a growing town
on the Southern Pacific Coast line, near
Salinas, is to have a new bank building,
and it is &aid officials of the First Na-
tional Bank of San Francisco are inter-
ested in the project. No architect has
been selected.

Redwood City Supervisors have bought
a site for a County Jail. No architect
has been selected as yet.

An addition of two wings for jail pur-
poses to the County Courthouse at San
Rafael is proposed by the Supervisors.

The City Trustees of Porterville have
taken up unofficially the matter of construct-
ing a City Hall to house city officers, jail and
fire department. A building that will
cost about $25,000 is contemplated. No
architect has been engaged.

Oakland is to have four branch li-
braries. The architect for only one of
these buildings has been selected. He
is W. H. Weeks, Architects for the other
buildings will be selected shortly.

According to the Hawley Investment
Company, Syndicate Building, Oakland,
H. S. Crane of Turlock. has purchased
a lot, 8S feet frontage on Broadway,
near Twenty-first street, Oakland, upon
which the owner will erect a store and
office building. No further details are
available, and so far as known no archi-
tect has yet been selected.

Another real estate deal of importance
has just 'been closed by Myers & White
of that city. The building on Thirteenth
street, between Franklin and Webster,
now occupied by a furniture house, has
been bought by a capitalist who will
convert it into a modern office building.

Samuel T. Bryer of Gerson & Bryer,
126 Bush street, San Francisco, chairman
of the Building Committee of the Com-
mercial Travelers' 1915 Congress, stated
recently that while the committee has
the plans of a number of architects under
consideration, no architect for its proposed
home has been chosen, nor will there be one
named before February 1st. The building
is to be erected on Polk street, south of
Hayes, and is to cost $50,000.

Mr. Meyet Gets Important Commission

Architect Frederick H. Meyer of San
Francisco has been commissioned to
prepare plans for a new school building
for the Cogswell Polytechnic School at
Twenty-Sixth and Folsom streets. One or
more buildings will be included in the im-
provements, and about $130,000 will be ex-
pended now with the possibility of a larger
sum later on. Construction will be Class C.

More About Palo Alto School

Architects Allison & Allison of Los
Angeles are making good progress on
the plans for the new high school at
Palo Alto. It has been decided to build
a group of four buildings, each one and
two stories in height and they will be
constructed of interlocking tile, faced
with brick, terra cotta and cement. It
is the intention to complete preliminary
plans at once, so that a bond election
can be held to vote tlie necessary money
required to put up the buildings.

There is some talk of contesting the ap-
pointment of Architects Allison & Allison
on the ground that the board has violated
the provisions of the old State law of 1872,
which requires the selection of an architect
by competition.

Another Large Building for Julia Morgan

In addition to designing the new
Y. W. C. A. building at San Jose, to
cost $100,000, Miss Julia Morgan of San
Francisco has been commissioned to
prepare plans for a hotel to be erected
in San Francisco, and to be the head-
quarters of young women who come to
the Panama-Pacific Exposition. Money
for this building is being subscribed by
local associations throughout the coun-
try. A Class C structure three or four
stories in height will be erected.

Sacramento Wants a Civic Center
The City Plaza of Sacramento, oppo-
site the City Hall, will become the
nucleus of a Civic Center, upon which will
be erected the new City Library, a Mu-
nicipal Auditorium, a Central Fire Sta-
tion and, if possible, the Crocker Art
Gallery. It is hoped soon to start work
on the new library building, for which
the Carnegie Corporation has ofTered to
provide $100,000.

Tacoma Society of Architects

The December meeting of tlie Tacoma
Society of Architects was given over to
the study of the Panama-Pacific Inter-
national Exposition. The meeting, which
was led by Earl N. Dugan, was the first
of a series as outlined by the program
committee, at which different subjects of
an educational nature will be considered.

The Tacoma Society of Architects re-
cently elected the following officers:
C. F. Mahon, president; George Gove,
vice-president; H. A. Bell, secretary and
treasurer, and Luther Twichell, moder-
ator. The council of the society is com-
posed of the president, secretary and
moderator. A program is being formu-
lated for each monthly meeting through-
out the year.


Tlic Architect and EwAuccr

San Francisco Architects Meet with Los
Angeles Chapter

A delegation of architects from San
Francisco, consisting of Messrs. William
Mooser, William B. Faville and Edgar A.
Mathews, met with the Southern California
Chapter of the American Institute of Archi-
tects, on Saturday evening, January 9th.
President Alhert C. Martin presided.

An interesting talk on the San Francisco
Exposition was given by Mr. Faville of the
lirm of Bliss & Faville. He stated that the
exposition buildings will contain an area of
sixty-tive acres under roof. The Chicago
and St. Louis expositions had one hundred
and seven and one hundred and twenty
acres respectively. The architectural com-
mission decided to limit the area at San
Francisco to si.xty-iive acres, in opposition
to the desire of other exposition officials,
because San Francisco is located on the ex-
treme western edge of the country in a
thinly settled district as compared with
either Chicago or St. Louis, which are the
centers for a population of millions. Ex-
tremely interesting was his description of
the method used in coloring the concrete
and plaster used in the construction of the
buildings and colonnades by which these
structures will not have the appearance of
being recent creations but the look of new-
ness will be worn off and they will give the
impression of having been erected fifty
years ago. This effect is also aided by the
wind and fog. The architectural commis-
sion was given twelve million dollars with
which to achieve the remarkable results at-
tained. The Chicago cominission had
eighteen million dollars, which would be
equal to about twenty-five million today.

Messrs. Mooser and Mathews addressed
the members on matters of interest to the
profession, outlining some of the experi-
ences of the San Francisco and other chap-
ters in the conduct of their affairs.

The board of directors reported that Mr.
Garrett Van Pelt of Pasadena, had' been
elected to membership. The question of
holding an architectural exhibition in Los
Angeles this year was discussed. It was the
consensus of opinion that if an exhibition
was held it should be strictly and distinctly
architectural and under the jurisdiction of
the Chapter. Mr. Henry F. Withey was
appointed chairman of the committee with
the privilege of naming his own assistants.

they might become liable for violating
treaty rights of the United States with
other nations. The constitutionality of
tlie law will be tested at once.

Is This Law Constitutional?

Work on several buildings in Phoenix
and other parts of Arizona recently has
been stopped on account of Arizona's
new 80 per cent law which was passed at
the last election. The law provides that
80 per cent of the workmen on any job
must be American citizens. Proponents
of the law are out to see that it is obeyed
and the contractors in desiring to abide
by the act, have been informed by their
attorneys that in discharging their
foreign laborers in order to favor others.

Competitions for Buildings at Salem,

A considerable sum of money has been
set aside by the Salem authorities to
assist in various ways those who are
desirous to rebuild in the burnt district.
This fund is in the hands of trustees
constituting what is known as the Salem
Rebuilding Trust. Desiring to improve
in the most comprehensive manner a
certain tract of land within the burnt
district, the Salem Rebuilding Trust in-
vites architects generally throughout the
country to participate in two competi-
tions: one to secure the maximum hous-
ing possibilities on the lot, the second
to secure sketch plans for a four-story
apartment house. Two prizes of $100
and $75 will be offered to the designs
placed respectively first and second in
each. The plans will be judged by the
trust with the assistance of C. H. Black-
all, advisory architect to the Salem Re-
building Commission. Architects who
care to take part in these competitions
are requested to communicate at once
with the Salem Rebuilding Trust, Pea-
liody building, Salem, Mass.

To Remove Dome

The Los Angeles Municipal .\r\. Coin-
mission has reversed its former decision
and now recommends that the dome of
the branch City Hall at San Pedro be
removed and replaced with a water-tight
roof. The finance committee of the
Council recommended that the building
department be instructed to proceed at
once with the work. The dome had de-
veloped many leaks and the city officials
appear to have been in a quandary as to
how best it might be fixed without a
great expenditure.

Hollow Tile Residence

.■\rchitect Elmer Grey of Los Angeles
has taken bids for a two-story basement
and attic residence to be built at Coro-
nado Beach for Gale Thompson. Schmidt
Garden & Martin of Chicago are the
architects. The house will contain about
fourteen rooms in addition to a large

Granted Certificates to Practice

.\t a meeting of the California State
Board of Architecture, Northern Dis-
trict held on December 29th, 1914, the
following were granted certificates to
practice architecture :

Erie J. Osborn, San Francisco.

F. A. Sandford Foale, Sacramento.

William Koenig, San Francisco,

Reviews of Recent Books

of Interest to the

Architectural and Engineering Professions


Embury IL

This book will appeal to all architects
who desire to understand and know the
real Colonial architecture with more in-
sight than just measured drawings can
give. Written by a practicing architect
of rare abilitj', the volume contains 102
photographs of the interiors and exte-
riors of practically every American
church of the Colonial period which is
of architectural interest or historical
association. As the author says: "To
the architect the principal interest in
these old buildings is, of course, their
forms, in which were expressed the su-
preme efforts of the artistic genius of
our ancestors, the designers of the
Colonial period, who were inheritors and
practitioners of a concrete and perfected
tradition such as does not even today
exist. Their furniture, their dwellings,
and their public buildings were all prod-
ucts of the same genius and the same
ideal, and today we are seeking and find-
ing in them sources of inspiration no
less satisfactory than the best that
Europe l\as to offer."

Published by Doubleday, Page & Com-
pany, New York. $2.80 net.

ENCE, 1914. Edited by S. D. Adshcad and
Patrick Abercronibie.

This volume ably presents to our
American gropings after real city plan-
ning and housing the other side of the
subject as it works out in execution. The
English Town Planning Act of 1909 has
now inade compulsory careful planning
with relation to the future, of all phys-
ical changes in English cities. The dis-
cussions at this conference cover
practically all sides of city planning, still
only in the educational or promotion
.*tage in most cities of the United States.
The questions taken up show an interest-
ing balance between schemes for the
handling of traffic, housing, restrictions,
garden suburbs, with methods for most
equitably paying for these improvements.
This is indeed a book for practical City

Published by the University Press of
Liverpool. 7s 6d net.

While written primarily for the coun-
try village, this book, by the Cliairman
of the Village Improvement Committee
of tlie Massachusetts Civic League, will
be of great interest to all district and
city improvement clubs and to all those
lending their efforts to organize public
committees for civic betterment of any
kind. The great difficulty found in mak-
ing the work of sucli organizations effec-
tive can only be overcome bj' the guid-
ance of such simple books as this, wliich
seems to cover practically all the sub-
jects of improvement work before the
public today.

Published by Sturgis & Walton Co.,
New York. $1 net.


A small, practical pocket book, well
illustrated with tables, for the use of the
profession in office building construction.
It seems to cover this phase of steel
construction very fully, including several
points not ordinarily found in hand
books, such as wind bracing and the
design and construction of built-up

Published by The .American Technical
Society, Chicago. $2.75.

tical application of American law in the
execution of city plans by Flavel Shurtleff,
in collaboration with Frederick Law Olmsted.

Widespread interest in city planning
has found stimulation in very complete
literature on the aesthetic, engineering
and social aspects of the problem. We
find this volume a sane and practical
guide, calculated to aid those who are
striving to. bring about practical effi-
ciency in the carrying out of tlie city

While there has been no attempt to
compile a comprehensive digest of laws
or an engineering treatise on city plan-
ning, the book is legally sound and the
authors, both notably well equipped for
the task, have very comprehensively

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