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APRIL 1953


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As the fabulous Phoenix rises from the
ashes of its former self, so too does each
recurring issue of our Bulletin spring forth
from all those which have gone before.
This newest speck on the literary horizon
comes like a sparrow disporting a few new
feathers and a few new ideas, each de-
signed to interest the eye and stir some-
thing in the mind. We make no claim of
sudden and startling success but hope for
a mounting reader interest evidenced by
grapevine murmurings, shrewd question-
ing, or even the frontal attack of letters
to the editor. Perhaps some tortured soul
may even find himself pushed to the ex-
treme of lashing out with an unsolicited
literary effort. If that may be, welcome
friend.
It is an old cliche, worn thin before the
days of the butterfly roof, but may we say,
"This is your magazine, we'll make of it
what you will, just let us know."


BULLETIN OF THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS








the


Are you getting your share of what
into schools today?


SCHOOL


what is the real stake
in the school building program?


is going


What will the capital outlay program mean to
you?
Those magic words "Amendment One" have
come to be the rallying point and hope for all
the groups and individual parents of school age
children concerned with the physical aspects of
our school system. Finally, after years of pas-
sively watching the disintegration of age and
phlegmatically ignoring the school bond drives,
the public has been awakened to many of the
educational requirements of the state. The in-
adequate number of classrooms was falling far-
ther and farther behind the needs for since the
war, until last year, we were building only half
enough new classrooms each year to keep up
with the increase in population with no regard
for obsolescence or deterioration. In addition,
the strain on particular communities was fur-
ther increased by shifts of population within
the state, as the areas which are attracting vis-
itors and new residents from outside the state
seem also to hold a wonderful and moving fas-
cination for residents of other parts of Florida.
The problem is thereby multiplied in some areas
so we find classroom shortages out of propor-
tion to the statistical average of the statewide
picture bad, as that is.
The horizon was beginning to brighten last
year, with the continued prosperity we and the
country enjoyed, so much so that 1022 new
class rooms were constructed. This was more


than double the previous rate and was actually
22 rooms more than needed to merely keep up
with the growth of the state. We were at last
holding our own and even working on the long-
standing shortage of rooms caused by the mass
immigrations of the middle twenties. Various
groups of parents and educators, each gather-
ing strength and impetus from the concern of
the other, began to question and evaluate, to
study and discuss until a ferment of desire for
action began to be felt throughout the state.
The educators, having philosophically suffered
countless rebuffs in the past, felt a warm new
strength in the conviction of the rightness of
their vision. The parents who had been apa-
thetic in the past began to make demands when
knowledge of our truly overburdened educa-
tional system was brought home to them by
newspapers, radios, and mass meetings. Some
places the concern was channeled through wom-
en's clubs, some places through civic clubs, but
everywhere the awakening took place culminat-
ing in the will of the people to tax themselves
for schools shown by the endorsement of Amend-
ment One.

Thus, Amendment One appears on the scene
amid loud "Huzzahs" from all sides, from all
the varied groups joined together through com-
mon interest in a worthy goal. But what of the
architect? In spite of general rejoicing, he now
asks,
"Am I getting my share of what is going
into schools today?"


APRIL 1953







WATERMELON


If his depth of questioning is only whether he
has received a school commission, and thereby
a direct dollars and cents chunk, he will in
most instances answer his question in the nega-
tive. One hundred and one architectural firms
in the state have done school work in the last
two years and that obviously does not begin to
split the watermelon so that all hands have a
slice. There is envy and suspicion, charges and
actual instances of fee cutting in the scramble
for this desirable work.

But what is the real benefit to be looked for
from all schools, those built under capital outlay
and those built otherwise? Is it the immediate
financial gain, the fee which is cheerfully re-
ceived and deposited and soon has slipped away
here and there as all other fees do? It is the
prestige which may come fleetingly with the
laying of a cornerstone or a posed photograph
of the final acceptance gracing page one of
the News?

No. These come periodically to each of us and
the success of an office cannot be based on
such a benefit nor could failure be based on
the lack of such.
The real benefit of school work is not felt im-
mediately nor is it an obvious thing which can
be traced and analyzed with precision as to
cause and effect. The benefit is no less real and
no less of a benefit as a result, however. The
benefit is the human product which is thrust
out upon the world at graduation from the open
doors of the school.
The schools and their curriculum determine the
make-up and the equipment-for-life of the stu-
dents passing through. The lighting, the mate-
rials, the scale, the colors, in fact every feature
and facet of the school indelibly impresses the
student as he spends more of his waking hours


in that environment than in any other. The pride
of truth in the organization of a straight for-
ward structural system cannot fail to develop a
sense of space and the integration of the out-
of-doors to stimulate an appreciation of beauty.
Similarly, although the curriculum originally in-
fluences the design of a school plant, the build-
ing when completed begins to influence the
curriculum. By inherent flexibility or rigidity in
the plant, the educator either has broad ave-
nues and vistas down which to lead these en-
thusiastic young minds, eager to possess the
knowledge and strength held out before them,
or has a narrow, restricted pathway forcing all
into a method of teaching felt to be satisfactory
at the moment of planning but perhaps com-
pletely unsatisfactory within just a few years.
The student, the unit of which our community
will be built, is a complex of reactions and stim-
ulated interests. Next to the home, perhaps,
the educational influences contribute the most
to the determination of his mental, economic,
social and cultural development. Thus it is, in
turn, that the development of the community
in which we live and practice is in great part
the product of our schools. The student's stimu-
lation, to an attitude of life in which the archi-
tect and architect-designed buildings will have
a secure place, is one of the highest hopes we
have for the vast school building program. This
sympathy for the fine things of life will mean
a firm and enlightened appreciation of worthy
architectural solutions and a repeated use of
architectural services. The single commission
which one architect receives directly for the de-
sign of a school building is insignificant and
will soon be lost in the constant flow of the
many commissions which all architects will re-
ceive indirectly from the schools.
You will soon be getting your share.


BULLETIN OF THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS







the


story


what can we expect
when those sixty
magnificent days have
passed?


A song that once had quite a play on the juke
boxes was unstinting in its praises of Tallahas-
see, the capital city of Florida and the south-
land at its best. The lyricist failed to mention,
however, the strange madness which every other
year, every odd year so-to-speak, grips this tra-
ditionally quiet little city with its live oaks shad-
ing ante-bellum mansions and the heavy scent
of magnolias on the summer night air. Just
about the time the dogwood fades and practice
starts for the May Day festival which has been
held for 117 consecutive years there descends
on the city a swarm of garrulous, gregarious, ges-
ticulating, interesting, exciting, flamboyant per-
sons. Some of these are legislators here for the
biennial wrestle with the laws and problems of
the state. The others are interested persons
known as lobbyists and friends, anxious to help
with the wrestling.

The atmosphere changes abruptly and overnight
the green chairs in front of the hotels are filled
with men agreeing or disagreeing but always
talking. By day the focus of life shifts to the


hallowed chambers with sounds of gavels and
roll-calls or to the little committee rooms where
bills are analysed and scrutinized. By night the
legislature goes into innumerable small and in-
dividual sessions in hotel rooms and lobbys,
steak houses or where-ever a legislator happens
to find himself. The pace is relentless, demand-
ing, and never relaxing for sixty magnificent
days. It is into this maelstrom of interests and
ideas, of pressures and politics that we must
send a representative to personify architects and
to speak for their problems.
The following is a statement prepared by the
legislative committee for this Bulletin:
The members of the 1953 Legislative Commit-
tee have been selected from the larger centers
of populations, without particular reference to
the seven A.I.A. chapters in the State. The
F.A.A. has been requested by the Florida State
Board of Architecture to seek passage of legis-
lation which would give that board the power
of injunction, so that cases which it wished to
bring before the courts could be tried before a


APRIL 1953









TALLAHASSEE


judge, thus eliminating the uncertainty of a
jury trial. A tentative draft of this bill has been
prepared and contacts are being made with
members of the legislature to request their spon-
sorship. This has been reviewed with several leg-
islators throughout the State, and without excep-
tion it is regarded as a non-controversial issue,
and one which should pass without difficulty.
Another issue which is likely to become most
involved is the problem of securing the return of
all of the monies collected by the State Board
of Architecture, to that board without having
them placed in the general fund of the State
of Florida and being doled out under the terms
of an appropriation established by the legisla-
ture. The Florida Professions Committee (a com-
mittee composed of representative of ten Flor-
ida professional groups) of which the writer is
Chairman, is working as a group towards legis-
lative sanction to accomplish this purpose. The
cabinet of the State of Florida has recommended
to the legislature that all of the monies received
by the 74 minor regulatory boards be returned
by those boards. Of course, the State Board of
Architecture is one of those minor regulatory
boards. We are therefore, hopeful that the Ap-
propriation Committee will see fit to endorse
this recommendation to the Florida Legislature,
and it will thus be possible for us to accomplish
our purpose without seeking the introduction of
an independent bill. In any event, it is important
that all architects contact their State Senators
and Representatives and plead with them for
the direct return to the State Board of Archi-


tecture of the funds which we alone pay into
that board.
There is a movement on foot to modify or re-
write the mechanics' lien law. As yet, this par-
ticular matter of legislation has not jelled to such
an extent that I can be certain whether to rec-
ommend that we endorse it or not. We are
hopeful that the change in the lien law will


BULLETIN
Ths bill to provide for an injunctive procedure has
been introduced by Senator Shands of Alachua as
Senate Bill No. 25 and reported favorably out of
committee. The duplicate House Bill, No. 213, intro-
duced by Representatives Turlington and Cross of
Alachua, Cobb of Volusia and Okell of Dade has
also been reported out of committee favorably.


include a provision which would give an archi-
tect or an engineer lien rights for work performed
on drawings or specifications, even though no
work on construction had been started. It may
be that you would like to discuss this matter
with the member of the F.A.A. Legislative Com-
mittee in your area.

Our Executive Secretary, Edward Dean Wyke,
will be our full-time representative in Tallahas-
see during the 1953 session of the legislature,
and it will be most helpful to him in adequately
representing us if you will acquaint the legisla-
tors in your area with his name, and urge that
they give him an understanding hearing when
he seeks to contact them in Tallahassee.


BULLETIN OF THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS









FLORIDA








Floating through the moss-hung pines and along
the sun-drenched stretches of grass comes a
strain that stirs the memories

Shine forth thy noble Gothic halls,
Thy lovely vine-clad walls,

and Florida men from all generations find their minds fondling the familiar old words of the Alma
Mater. The buildings may seem a little different, the faces a little different, yet each has a vague
familiarity which makes it part of a long and unbroken tradition. Most of us had no idea just how
long a tradition could be pieced together yet here, after scholarly research among musty photographs
and dusty records, we find ourselves celebrating one hundred years of unbroken and unequalled service.
And now, how calm and placid and stately seems the world when viewed from this ivory tower.
The great University of Florida has grown with the state from its conception just six years after Florida
was admitted to the Union. Its growth has paralleled the development of the state's vast resources, its
commerce, its culture and it promises to keep pace in the bright future. This growth has taken wisdom,
foresight, administration, and plain often-unrewarded hard work. It is evidence of the dreams and
achievements of many men and many women. Some have gone it alone-true pioneers. But all have
contributed greatly to a fuller life for all Floridians, and their influence will continue to be felt far
into the future.

As would befit the centennial observance of our University a be-robed convocation of gentle scholars
was held in Florida Gymnasium and March 20, 1952. A portion of the observance was the conferring
of Centennial Awards for Meritorious Service to the University and the State of Florida. Among others,
four architects were called to the platform by these words of Dr. J. Hillis Miller, President of the
University.


"When we shall stand before the naked scrutiny of the
infallible Judge of men's lives and services, the possible
fallibility of human judgment itself will be revealed. Not
to judge, pursuant to scriptural admonition, in order to
avoid judgment of ourselves would be the more prudent
course of action. When, however, in our considered judg-
ment, we think we see human qualities of distinctiveness
and sometimes greatness, and when we think we recognize
services that have added luster to human lives, we hazard
a guess, that what we see is genuine and real. Such human
judiciousness as we possess has been focused upon you
and we have chosen you from among the sons of the
University of Florida and from other outstanding citizens
of Florida whom we seek to adopt, for a significant honor


on this Centennial occasion. An ancient and honorable in-
stitution on its one-hundredth birthday seeks to honor
itself by honoring you. We covet only that she and you
shall march on in service together, believing that service
above self is a course paved with honorable rewards, that
men of destiny make their own destiny, and in doing so,
make easier the pathway of all those who travel the trails
of life. Responsibility should rest heavily upon all those
upon whom responsibility has been placed. We covet for
you, not an easier life, but a richer life of service and
influence.
"That you may not forget this hour, we invite you to the
platform to receive a symbol of the University of Florida's
Centennial Award."


APRIL 1953







CHEERS ONE HUNDRED YEARS








The citations of our four brothers in the pro-
fession are as follows:


FRANKLIN SWOPE BUNCH


Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1934, Uni-
versity of Florida. Architect. First president of
the Florida Association of Architects upon its
integration with the American Institute of Arch-
itects, you shaped one of the major professional
organizations in Florida. Your unselfish service
to the profession of architecture is an inspira-
tion to all who aspire to practice it. For your
exemplary service to the profession of architec-
ture, the University of Florida bestows this Cen-
tennial Award.



ARTHUR DuBOSE McVOY
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1933; Mas-
ter of Arts in Architecture, 1937, University of
Florida. Director of the Department of Planning
of the City of Baltimore, Maryland. Planner of
colleges and communities, you are numbered
among the most respected practitioners of archi-
tecture in its broader aspects. As planning con-
sultant for Jacksonville Junior College, the Uni-
versity of Florida, and the cities of Daytona
Beach and Ocala, you have made an important
contribution to the State. For your vision in plan-
ning human environment for good living, the
University of Florida makes this Centennial
Award.


CHARLES LAWSON MAGRUDER
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1931, Uni-
versity of Florida. Managing Editor, Progressive
Architecture. Educated as an architect, experi-
enced as a journalist, you have opened men's
eyes to the possibilities of a congenial environ-
ment appropriate to this country and these times.
Your magazine, Progressive Architecture, is ea-
gerly studied by alert-minded architects not
alone in America but throughout the world. For
your distinguished service in the field of archi-
tectural journalism, the University of Florida
makes this Centennial Award.





IGOR BORIS POLEVITZKY
President of the Florida Association of Archi-
tects of the American Institute of Architects.
From the Albion Hotel to the Heller House your
contributions to Florida architecture have cap-
tured the imagination of the nation. As president
of your professional society you symbolize in
your person and in your work the progressive
approach to architecture as a living art in
Florida. For your distinguished contribution in
the field of architectural design, the University
of Florida makes this Centennial Award.


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opinion


FQRUH


PRO HON. CHARLES E. SHEPHERD
R : REPRESENTATIVE, ST. JOHNS COUNTY


You and I, through our state government, are
building today in Sarasota, Sebring, St. Augus-
tine and throughout the state.

We have placed on the legislature the mandate
to provide safe buildings which will adequately
serve the functions for which they were designed
at the lowest possible cost. These demands are
not unique or unbearable, but rather are faced
by every other industry.

How has the building industry met these de-
mands?

Slumbering like the great leviathon lies the
building industry-still using hand tools or the
simplest of power tools, joining piece to piece
and wall to wall by methods handed down from
father to son, insisting on designing each new
building or wall section as a completely new
problem requiring a completely new solution.
This ponderous cacophony, hand-made, ever dif-
ferent, each design a scintillating monument
to a man's inventiveness of detail, slowly turn-
ing in the same groove seems unaware that the
world has changed.

But change it has, and building should be chang-
ing. No longer can you wait around for pretty
pictures to be drawn. The needs are tremendous
and industrialization has given you the tools
and methods to duplicate the truly amazing
advance manufacturing has made during the
last 50 years. A building, just like a Ford, is an
aggregate of many different materials brought
from the ends of the earth to ultimately be
skillfully assembled. The automobile has pro-
vided a new answer to the age old problem of
locomotion-as it developed it has changed the
concepts of entire industries; however, we have


also had the problem of protecting ourselves
from heat, cold and prying eyes since the be-
ginning of time-but the solution has been
stultified by those unwilling to examine the en-
tire approach to shelter.

Standardization and coordination, duplication
and utility-these watchwords have stimulated
and goaded the American genius to produce a
flood of the finest automobiles, refrigerators,
tubs and TV sets, which have made America
the wonder of the world, the dreamland envied
from the Kashmir to the Casbah. Still the build-
ing industry and architects shun mass produc-
tion and machine technology clinging to the
fond notion that, although design criteria are
set up, the natural extention, the setting up of
one design which meets these needs, is absurd
and compromising. Imagine, if each automo-
bile were a separate design project, if each re-
frigerator had to be different from its neighbor!
Standardization makes better planning possible
for with many buildings or details being built
from the same set of plans, a great deal more
time and research can be given. If, on the other
hand, every plan has to be "different," the
changes will tend to be superficial or capricious
and the general standard is lowered. Harmonious
design results from the use of the same features
repeated but modified by planting and painting
and orientation.

The finest results of standardization are in the
field of economy which should always be jeal-
ously guarded by taxpayers as well as their
legislators. Quantity buying and preparation are
handmaidens of standardization, while famili-
arity with plans and detailing makes the work-
man's job easier and quicker and, thus, less
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APRIL 1953





Resolved: A program providing for the standardization of
construction details would be in the best interests
of the state institution;.


IGOR POLEVITZKY, PRESIDENT
FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS


There has been quite a little talk recently by
economy minded public officials of "standard-
ization of construction and/or construction de-
tails." Although the motive of these proposals
is certainly admirable, its very voicing shows a
lack of understanding of the problems of effec-
tive and economical planning and construction.

If the proponents of such "standardization"
imply the standardization of minor materials
assemblies, I would like to remind them that
such standards have existed and now exist
throughout the construction industry as a guide
to good practice. Under the free enterprise sys-
tem these standards have been very fluid, being
subject to constant improvement and revision
through the inventiveness of individual design-
ers and builders. This is in line with the Ameri-
can way of constantly tapping the mental re-
sources and ingenuity of many individuals toward
the accomplishment of progress through change.

I believe that if nothing else, the very adminis-
tration procedure of the "adoption" of standard
details would stifle improvement and progress.
On the State level, for instance, the adoption of
such standards would imply a long period of
fact finding, tabulation and publication of even
a few "standard" construction techniques. In
this era of rapid technological advancement
many of the adopted techniques would be out-
dated even before they could be disseminated
to the interested agencies for use. Furthermore,
this fact finding, tabulation and dissemination
implies a sizable, well staffed government agency
-another bureau and another example of gov-
ernment going into business or profession: the
well intentioned motive for economy has created
another unnecessary expense to the taxpayers.
If the proponents of "standardization" imply


the standardization of major planning elements,
layouts and construction methods, then the dam-
age made by such a move would be even greater.
Presumably, such standardization would apply
to public buildings of various kinds, and most
likely to schools, as this is the major building
program confronting the State.

Now anyone even remotely connected or inter-
ested in school planning, knows that the surface
has just been scratched as far as progressive
contemporary school planning in the U.S.A. is
concerned. Some good research work has been
done and several notable examples of good
schools have been produced recently, especially
in California and in Texas. Results of these ex-
amples have been and are being disseminated
to the building industry through the press and
are inspiring further ideas and improvements.
But the evolution of the American school for
20th century education has just begun. How
then, anyone can say that the problems are all
solved and that the time has come to "adopt"
and "standardize" a prototype. What prototype?

What is it that we Americans (and Floridians
particularly) are after? The cheapest possible
building for our tax dollar? Buildings which are
"manufactured" with robot like monotony?
Buildings in which ingenuity and artistry are
traded for supposedly money-saving standardiza-
tion outdated before they are built? I, for one,
not only as an architect but as a citizen and
taxpayer, don't think so, and I don't think most
of my neighbors think so either. Of course, we
want economy in our public buildings -but
the economy of standardization is a false one
leading to bureaucratic control at public ex-
pense, reaction instead of progress and the
repetition of errors.


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NEWS


This year's FAA convention will be held No-
vember 19-21 in the Huntington Hotel, St. Peters-
burg. An exhibition of residential work by FAA
architects is to be held in the City Art Club
Building. A standard sized panel showing the
plans, photographs and drawings will be dis-
played with further information as set forth in
a circular to be issued by William Harvard.



The Executive Secretary visited the
legislative delegations of Dade, Brow-
ard, Palm Beach, Duval, Alachua and
Pinellas counties. In addition, he at-
tended meetings of the Convention
Committee in St. Petersburg, and Day-
tona Beach and Florida North Central
chapter meetings.



The F. Graham Williams Company announces
its 30th Annual Golf Tournament and dinner
for the architects of the southeast, to be held
at the East Lake Country Club, Atlanta, Friday,
July 17. All architects and architectural drafts-
men who wish to play golf will begin at 1 :00
p.m. The social hour will be 6:30-7:30, with
dinner at 7:30 p.m. These dinners were started
in July 1923 for the purpose of creating better
fellowship and understanding among the mem-
bers of the architectural profession.



The Broward county chapter has of-
ficially adopted for use by all members
the Pasadena chapter sign, which
has received publicity in the national
magazines.


The Sarasota Summer Festival of the Arts has
been announced for June 29 through July 26.
This month-long series of events will feature
seminars, demonstrations and practice in music,
painting, literature, theatre, architecture, pho-
tography and interior design, highlighted by na-
tionally known authorities in each field. There
will be entertainment by noted musicians, stars
of stage, radio and TV, internationally known
lecturers and a series of important art films.
Demonstrations have been set for each morning.
Afternoons will be free; and evenings will be
devoted to music, drama, lectures, dances and
films.


The Annual Architects' Field Day,
sponsored by the junior chapter of the
AIA at the University of Florida is to
be held May 16. An exhibition of resi-
dential work by various architects
throughout the state will be displayed.
A full day of entertainment and edu-
cational features is promised.


The College of Physical Education and Health
of the University of Florida in cooperation with
the State Department of Education is offering
a workshop during the first six weeks of the
1953 summer session, June 16-July 24, on phys-
ical education facilities. The purposes of the
workshop are to prepare a printed guide for
planning, construction and maintaining physical
education facilities and to provide an oppor-
tunity for those who participate to better pre-
pare themselves to assist local authorities in
such planning, construction and maintenance.
As enrollment will be limited, those interested
should contact B. K. Stevens, who will be in
charge of this workshop.


APRIL 1953


10





The Palm Beach Chapter has been pre-
senting a radio program on Station
WJNO on Monday nights from 7:30-
7:45. A good report has been noted
and the chapter is encouraged to con-
tinue.



A very successful Miami Home Show early this
year was sponsored and produced by the Miami
Beach Realtors, the A.I.D., and the Florida South
Chapter of the FAA. An information booth always
manned by two architects answered innumerable
questions and distributed the excellent little
booklet prepared by the Chapter entitled "Pre-
senting Your Architect". This booklet indicates
to the public how to retain an architect, what
his services will consist of, and what he should
be paid.



The University of Florida now has the
largest architecture college in the
South and the fourth largest in the na-
tion. This integrated five-year curric-
ulum has a current enrollment of 356
men and women from 30 states and
17 foreign countries.



The Southern California Chapter of the AIA
presents a weekly TV show, "Successful Homes",
which runs 30 minutes. A different architect is
interviewed each week, showing the work done
on a particular home, the problems encountered
and how they were solved. The 26 week program
is being sponsored by a built-in gas range manu-
facturer, a building products distributor, a furn-
ace company, and a Venetian blind maker.



The Palm Beach Chapter is giving its
support to the unified building code
being discussed for use along the en-
tire East Coast from Melbourne to Key
West.


The school pamphlet, published by the FAA,
has been well received in many states; and sales
have been made to interested persons as far
away as Hawaii. One state, in preparing a simi-
lar booklet, has asked for permission to copy
certain portions. An additional 1,000 copies
have been printed.



As evidence of the new cooperation
between the architectural profession
and the Associated General Contrac-
tors, it is to be noted that, beginning
with this issue of the Bulletin, it is
being circulated to all the members of
AGC in the state of Florida.



Gov. Allan Shivers of Texas proclaims the sec-
ond annual Texas Architects' Week, April 13-20,
to call attention to the contributions of architects
to the development of the Lone Star state and
to recognize the accomplishments of the more
that a thousand architects registered in the
state. During the week were community service
projects, architectural tours and exhibits and
joint meetings with others in the industry all
resulting in a new insight into what architects
do and how the functioning of architecture af-
fects every stage of daily life.



In Duval County the supervision of
school construction which has been
the responsibility of the Construction
Department has been returned to the
architects as a regular part of their
professional activity.



The legislative representative has established
liaison with the legislative representative of the
AGC in anticipation of the desirability of work-
ing jointly in opposition to the expected bills
on separate electrical, plumbing and other me-
chanical contracts.


BULLETIN OF THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS


11






why employ


NEWS continued


A conference on structural engineering is to be
held May 7-8 at the University of Florida. This
will be the third of such conferences, and archi-
tects are encouraged to attend. Subjects to be
discussed range from Prestressed Concrete to
Structural Design for Hurricane Forces.


Francis Walton, chairman of the By-
Laws Committee, requests that any
members who have suggested by-law
revisions send them to him.


The Tennessee Valley Authority wants experi-
enced architects for specification and design
work on a broad program of hydro and steam
power plant buildings. Salaries start at $4,450
and $5,325 a year for a 40-hour week. All jobs
carry automatic within-grade increases for satis-
factory services, liberal vacation leave, sick leave
and retirement benefits. Location of work is Knox-
ville, Tennessee. Write Chief, Personnel Office
Branch, TVA, Knoxville, Tennessee.




FORUMI continued


expensive. The opportunity to make close and
accurate comparisons is valuable for the legis-
lature, watch-dogs of public funds, and makes
for satisfaction among personnel using the fa-
cilities throughout the state.
A two-bedroom residence for the T. B. sanato-
rium at Tallahassee poses the same planning
problem as a two-bedroom residence for State
Road Camp 143; setting a window in a masonry
wall in Wewahitchka is the same as setting one
in Wauchula. The public is not interested in, or
served by a kaleidoscope of ever-changing de-
scription; they want and deserve efficient plan-
ning, good quality of detailing and economical
construction. This way has already been pointed
by standardization.


an ARCHITECT?
by Florida South Chapter, FAA



1. You need a Doctor to safeguard your
health; legal matters require the services of a
Lawyer. Your building with its infinite variety of
modern facilities for comfort and health, and its
rightful claim for beauty, needs the Architect.
2. The Architect has expert knowledge of
building materials and construction methods and
knows best how to plan for the installation of
plumbing, heating, lighting, air conditioning, and
insulation.
3. A building is a better investment if well
planned and attractive in appearance. Only the
trained Architect can make it so.
4. Both Owner and Builder depend on com-
petitive bidding for fair prices. Fair competitive
bidding depends on complete plans and specifi-
cations drawn by an Architect.
5. The Owner needs the supervision of an
expert unbiased by commercial considerations,
to pass on the quality of the materials and work-
manship going into his building.
6. It needs no argument that the Owner's
interests are best served by the Architect, who
has devoted years to special training for his work
and therefore must be more intelligently quali-
fied than the man with other interests, obliga-
tions and training.
7. From start to finish of a building operation
the Architect is the Owner's professional advisor
and agent-in drawing contracts, complying with
building codes and lien laws, certifying building
charges and seeing throughout that the Owner
gets all he pays for.
8. Architectural services are a small fraction
of the total cost of a building. By careful plan-
ning and judicious choice of materials, a good
Architect often saves the Owner a sum much
larger than his fee. And in addition, the Owner
has a well designed building.


APRIL 1953


12







GOING


UP


Towering high above the floor of the Crystal
Palace in New York City during the World's
Fair of 1853 was a framework of cast iron and
wood supporting a platform suspended from
above. A brash young inventor named Otis,
standing upon the platform far above the heads
of the gawking crowds, called for attention and
suddenly raised a hatchet and chopped through
the supporting cable! The gasps and screams as
man and platform fell were in a flash changed
to cheers as they halted abruptly after a drop
of only a few feet. From his station high in the
air, young Elisha Graves Otis then explained
his automatic safety device predicting that soon
his invention would make possible the vertical
development of cities beyond imagination. As
for the accuracy of his prediction, witness the
jungles of Manhattan.
Florida has not enjoyed quite such a concen-
tration of skyscrapers as we still have plenty
of elbow room and palmetto patches. Each year,
however, the Florida Industrial Commission,
whose responsibility it is to inspect and test all
new or altered elevators, dumb-waiters, and
escalators in public buildings and industrial
plants, receives plans and specifications cover-
ing about 130 new elevators in the state. Those
installed in hotels, restaurants, and apartment
buildings are under the jurisdiction of the Hotel
Commission and not included in this number.
All plans and specifications are scrutinized be-
fore construction starts in order that variations
from the code may be corrected. It is usually the
responsibility of the building owner, however,
to prepare and furnish a legal hoistway and a
fire-proof machine room though, ordinarily, draw-
ings showing this construction are not submitted
to the Commission in advance.


The Florida Elevator Safety Code sets forth cer-
tain definite requirements for a legal elevator
hoistway, but elevator inspectors employed by
the Florida Industrial Commission frequently
find that required safeguards have been omitted
or that there is other prohibited construction in
connection with the elevator hoistway or ma-
chine room.

The sections of the Safety Code most frequently
contravened are those requiring fire-resistant
hoistway enclosures, the barring of hoistway
windows, safe and convenient access to the pent-
house or machine room, the adequate lighting
of machine rooms, platforms under elevator ma-
chinery and the prohibition of electrical outlets
or junctions, and pipes carrying dangerous gases
or liquids from inside elevator hoistways. In ad-
dition, the Industrial Commission Elevator In-
spectors sometimes find a bridge of temporary
wiring in the machine room between the main
control feeder circuit and the elevator controller
board. It is usually the responsibility of the elec-
trical contractor to take the power supply to
the controller board.
Since it can be quite expensive for the build-
ing owner to make changes and revisions in
order to bring elevator hoistways and machine
rooms into accordance with state law, and espe-
cially so when the contract has been completed
and the workmen are off the job, it is of ad-
vantage to all concerned to be familiar with
the Elevator Safety Code. Copies of Section 1
of the Florida Elevator Safety Code, outlining
correct hoistway construction, may be obtained
without charge by writing A. P. Mclntosh, Chief,
Department of Industrial Safety, Florida Indus-
trial Commission, Tallahassee, Florida.


BULLETIN OF THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS


Our cities have been going up

as well as out for a hundred years--

is it safe ?


13







EXECUTIVE BI



JANUARY
The organizational meeting convened in Jack-
sonville with the traditional reading of the min-
utes of the November meeting.
Treasurer's Report-Unlike many governmental
bodies the FAA collected $285.00 more than
was spent during 1952 giving a total in all ac-
counts of $10,667.82 of which $9,700.00 is in
the Executive Secretary Account.
Legislative Report-Frank Bunch has met with
legislative committee of Florida Engineering Soci-
ety regarding joint representation at legislature
by our Executive Secretary and, although having
exchanged correspondence with the Miami Build-
ers' Exchange, feels we must oppose their pro-
posed amendments to the Mechanic's Lien Law.
The bill proposed during the 1951 session to
require separate electrical, plumbing and other
trade contracts was discussed and our part in
defeating its purpose was reported by Benmont
Tench.
School Booklet-The national office of the AIA
has commended this excellent presentation of
which 750 copies have been distributed to school
boards and attorneys while 1,000 have gone to
PTA organizations. John Stetson reported some
criticism in his chapter of the expenditure of
so much money in one specialized field. It was
decided to concentrate on schools during 1953
and point toward an emphasis on hotels, apart-
ments and tourist courts during 1954, cooper-
ating with the Hotel Commission.
Convention Committee-With wonderful disre-
gard for tradition the committee used only
$409.00 of the budgeted $500.00 to finance
the very successful convention in Tallahassee.
Redistributing Committee-As a preliminary re-
port Bill Arnett's committee suggests as many
chapters be formed as desired with revised rep-
resentation on the Board. Perhaps three vice
presidents for three major areas in state and
directors on basis proportionate to chapter mem-
bership as a proposal for next convention.
Bulletin-Only four issues for 1953 with ex-
panded circulation outside profession within the


BOARD MEETS

ever-present limits of the budget. Certain items
of interest only to FAA members might be in-
cluded as slip sheets.
Executive Secretary-The extent of duties, is still
under examination but probably to consist of
publishing the Bulletin, visiting chapters and
attending the legislative session. Bulletin pub-
lication should not interfere with visiting various
chapters as probably publication will not be able
to finance Executive Secretary and eventually
membership dues will have to be raised.
Membership Drive-All registered architects in
chapter area should be proposed to membership
committee which would screen candidates and
make recommendations to the Executive Board.
After screening by the Board the approved list
would be returned to the chapters who would
extend an urgent and forceful invitation for as-
sociate membership. The standards of conduct
must not be lowered but greater coverage of the
profession must be achieved.
Budgets-The 1953 budget of $11,425.00 and
$8,672.00 for 1954 was approved. As only $18,-
280.62 is expected to be available during the
biennium the difference of $1,219.38 must be
made up from advertising in the Bulletin, ex-
hibits at conventions, etc. By the end of 1954
it should be clear whether to continue the Ex-
ecutive Secretary and consequently how to meet
the larger budget.
Testimony-In recognition of his long and dis-
tinguished service as secretary of the FAA, a
resolution in testimony of Elias F. De La Haye,
who passed away December 13, 1952, is to be
drawn.
Governmental Agencies-With notes of righteous
indignation against socialized architecture the
stand of the FAA on "limiting governmental
agencies engaged in architectural practice only
to programming and guidance" was discussed.
Frank Bunch suggested a committee composed
of the President and a member of the FAA, two
members of The Engineering Society and Ben-
mont Tench go directly to the Governor.
Theme-The FAA shall emphasize the theme
"Better planning makes better schools-better
schools make better communities."


APRIL 1953


14












APRIL
After pleasantries of luncheon the business ses-
sion was once again opened with a look into
the past through the reading of the mintues.
The brief financial report pointed up the desira-
bility of sending dues in promptly.
Bulletin-The first issue was estimated to cost
some $500.00 with subsequent issues less. Is-
sues for 1953 will be April, July, September and
December with possibly six issues next year. The
financial life-blood, advertising, was discussed
and the goal of national advertisers using full
pages was set forth.
Executive Secretary-With an eye to the hectic,
smoke-filled days of the legislature, when every
hand is out-stretched in greeting but you know
not friend from foe, the Executive Secretary met
with the legislative delegations and architects
from Alachua, Broward, Dade, Duval, Palm
Beach and Pinellas counties.
This should insure sympathetic treatment of the
architect's bill and our stand on returning all
fees to the boards collecting them. The liaison
developing with the Associated General Con-
tractors was commended. Mr. Patterson, repre-
senting the Tampa Association of Architects,
inquired if the Executive Secretary was employed
full time.
Legislative Program-Frank Bunch discussed the
architects' one piece of positive legislation to be
sponsored by Senator Shands which would pro-
vide for injunctive proceedings in the regulation
of the profession in addition to the drastic crim-
inal procedure now available. The effect of the
new appropriations bill was discussed and Russ
Pancoast was to be asked to represent the FAA
at hearings of the appropriations committee.
The proposed lien law revision, long needed and
long discussed, was presented for our support.
Fellowship-For the first time the state organiza-
tion has recommended a man for fellowship in
the AIA; and fittingly he is a man who has done
much for the state association, Sanford Goin.


Governmental Agencies Continued opposition
to state agencies maintaining architectural and
engineering staffs was voiced, but plans for a
delegation to visit the Governor were delayed
due to his recent heart attack.
Planning and Zoning-Bill Arnett reported on
enabling legislation for counties and cities spon-
sored by the Florida Planning and Zoning Asso-
ciation. Since, as Miss Marion Manley observed,
"Zone first, plan afterward" is the usual bad
practice, we should endorse this permissive legis-
lation. A resolution indicating our support is to
be sent to Donald Cook, Chairman of the Legis-
lative Committee of the Association.
Separate Contracts-Once again the FAA must
oppose any action by electrical and other trades
to force separate contracts outside the general
contract. The AGC must, this time, take the
initiative in fighting this bill which would rele-
gate them a minor role and force the architect
to do the coordinating which is the general con-
tractor's major duty.
School Booklet-The clamor for this booklet has
been beyond all expectation, with purchasers as
far removed as the Hawaiian Islands. Architects
and educators in almost half the states of the
Union have sent in their buck for a practical and
complete guide to the school board-architect re-
lationship which has the added blessing of being
concise. Sales have amounted to $166.80, and
1,000 more are being printed.
Engineers-The President will attend the con-
vention of the Florida Engineering Society, April
16 and 17 in Tampa to discuss joint legislative
action for which it is understood no monies have
been appropriated. The Professional Engineering
Society is to be invited to join us in the actions
set forth in the previous engineer resolution sent
to the Florida Engineering Society.
FAA Convention-As so much income has been
made at regional conventions from producers'
exhibits, the Board suggested to Chairman Had-
ley that the Producers' Council be invited to
exhibit at the St. Petersburg convention.
Appointments-As the Governor has asked for
six recommendations for membership on the
State Board of Architecture, the three members
whose terms have expired, Russ Pancoast, Mel-
len Greeley and Archie Parrish, and Miss Marion
Manley, Bill Arnett and Elliot Hadley were nom-
inated.


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OFFICERS


President
Igor B. Polevitzky
250 N.E. 18th Street
Miami 36, Florida


1st-Francis Craig
3rd-Frank E. Watson
5th-Morton T. Ironmonger
7th-


Daytona Beach Chapter_-
Florida North Central Chapt
Florida South Chapter--
Palm Beach Chapter--
Broward County Chapter --.
Florida North Chapter--
Florida Central Chapter--


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Secretary-Treasurer
Clinton Gamble
7 E. Las Olas Boulevard
t. Lauderdale, Florida


Vice Presidents
2nd-William Stewart Morrison
4th-Maurice E. Holley
6th-Frank S. Bunch
-Jack McCandless

Directors
.-_.-----_----------- Francis R. Walton
er--. ---James A. Stripling
--------Miss Marion I. Manley
----..---------------- John Stetson
... ------- ---- --- Cedric H. Start
-- -------- William T. Arnett
---------- Frank P. Patterson


CHAPTER OFFICERS


Daytona Beach


_Wm. R. Gomon
--Walter Smith
SDavid Leete
-Edwin Snead


Florida North Central
President ...------ Prentiss Huddleston
Vice President -----David Potter
Secretary --- ------ Robert Maybin
Treasurer --.--------------------. Robert Maybin
Florida South
President ------------- Frank Shuflin
Vice President ---------Wm. Merriam
Secretary -- ----- H. George Fink
Treasurer.... ------------.- I rvin Korach
Palm Beach
President ----------..... ---- Maurice Holley
Vice President ----- .-------- John Stetson
Secretary ----__ Jefferson Powell
Treasurer -----Wm. Kessler


President ------
Vice President_
Secretary--
Treasurer--

President--
Vice President_
Secretary--
Treasurer--

President ---
Vice President_
Secretary--
Treasurer -


Broward County
..--.. _.. Cedric Start
------ Robert Jahelka
------- Morton Ironmonger
Theodore Meyer
Florida North
------- Willis Stephens
------- Logan Chappell
------- __,- Harry Burns
.-- .---------__. Harry Lindsay
Florida Central
.------.- --- George Spahn
.--.......----- .....Jack McCandless
--- ----- Ralph Lovelock
---------_ Ral ph Lovelock


Executive Secretary
Edward Dean Wyke
Morris Pioneer Building
Bradenton, Florida


OBJECTS
The objects of the Association shall be to unite th architectural profession within the State of Florida to
promote and forward the objects of The American Institute of Architects; to stimulate and encourage continual
improvement within the profession, cooperate with other professions, promote and participate in the matters of
general public welfare, and represent and act for the architectural profession in the State, and to promote
educational and public relation programs for the advancement of the profession.


President-
Vice President.
Secretary ----
Treasurer--


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APRIL 1953








COMMITTEE


RELATIONS BETWEEN ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS:

R. Daniel Hart (North Central) CHAIRMAN
Walter B. Schultz (North) CO-CHAIRMAN
Jack Moore (North)
Elliott B. Hadley (Central)
Vernon D. Lamp (South)
Morton T. Ironmonger (Broward)
Gouvereur M. Peek (Daytona)
John Stetson (Palm Beach)



BY-LAW REVISIONS:
Francis R. Walton (Daytona) CHAIRMAN
Sanford W. Goin (North)
William D. Kemp (North)



REDISTRICTING:
William T. Arnett (North), CHAIRMAN
George J. Votaw (Palm Beach)
Lawrence Hitt (Central)
Willis Stephens (North)
John Stetson (Palm Beach)



PUBLIC INFORMATION AND GOVERNMENTAL
RELATIONS:
William B. Harvard (Central) CHAIRMAN
Horace H. Hamlin, Jr. (Central)
Cedric Start (Broward)
William R. Gomon (Daytona)
Thomas H. Chilton (Palm Beach)
Robert H. Maybin (North Central)
Lee Hooper (North)
Harold D. Steward (South)


LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE:
Franklin S. Bunch, CHAIRMAN
Andrew J. Ferendino
Eliot Fletcher
Sanford Goin
Harry Griffin
Elliott Hadley
R. Daniel Hart


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SPECIAL COMMITTEE FOR STUDY OF ADOPTION OF
"FLORIDA TOURISM AND THE ARCHITECT"
FOR NEXT YEAR'S THEME:
John Stetson (Palm Beach) CHAIRMAN
Raymond H. Plockelman (Palm Beach)
Belford Shoumate (Palm Beach)


UNIFORM BUILDING CODES:
Edward T. Rempe, Jr. (South) CHAIRMAN
George A. Coffin (South)
William G. Crawford (Broward)
Ralph F. Spicer (Daytona)
William Kemp Caler (Palm Beach)
H. D. Mendenhall (North Central)
Thomas Larrick (North)
Donovan Dean (Central)


COMMITTEE ON ALLIED ARTS:
William E. Kittle (South) CHAIRMAN
Frederick G. Seelmann (Palm Beach)
William F. Bigoney, Jr. (Broward)
Francis W. Craig (Daytona)
Albert P. Woodard (North Central)
C. Dale Dykema (Central)
Pasquale M. Torraca (North)
Donald Reiff (South)


RELATIONS WITH CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY:
George J. Votaw (Palm Beach) CHAIRMAN
Belford Shoumate (Palm Beach)
Bayard C. Lukens (Broward)
Edwin M. Snead (Daytona)
James A. Stripling (North Central)
Myrl J. Hanes (North)
M. Winfield Lott, Jr. (Central)
William H. Merriam (South)


Prentiss Huddleston
A. Wynn Howell
Ray Plockelman
James Pownall
James Rogers, II
William Stewart
William Zimmerman


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