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TIIERCRIDA

ASS Ys2KPt-AFcHILS


BULLETIN


JUNE, 1946


Vol. 8, No. 3


Officers:
President: James A. Stripling-Room 1, Child Buildin:g,
Tallahassee, Florida
Vice-President: Franklin S. Bunch-Florida Theatre
Building, Jacksonville, Florida
Secy-Treas.: Sanford W. Goin-Box 677, Gainesville,
Florida
District Directors:
1. R. Daniel Hart-Thiesen Building, Pensacola
2. Robert H. Brown-P. 0. Box 1116, Tallahassee
3. Guy C. Fulton-Box 2181, University Station, Gaines-
ville
4. A. Eugene Cellar-1021 Graham Building, Jackson-
ville 2
5. Francis Walton-532 Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach
6. Arthur Beck-1507 East South Street, Orlando
7. Archie G. Parish-213 Hall Building, St. Petersburg
8. Donovan Dean-607 Easton Drive, Lakeland
9. No Director
10. Howard Chilton-7 Plaza Building, Palm Beach
11. Bayard C. Lukens-Fort Lauderdale
12. L. Murray DixoA-2871 Fairgreen Drive, Miami Beach
13. Robert F. Smith-Shoreland Building, Miami

OBJECT: The purpose of this Association shall be
to stimulate and encourage continual improvement within
the profession, co-operate with other professions, promote
and participate in the matters of general public welfare,
and represent and act for the architectural profession in
the State.

REPORT ON SEMI-ANNUAL CONVENTION FAA
The Semi-Annual Convention of the Florida Associa-
tion of Architects was held in Gainesville April 20.
Director Archie G. Parish reported to the Association
concerning the ratification of the proposed charter by
the Florida Central Chapter of the AIA, stating in sub-
stance that though they had been unable to get a quorum
to formally ratify the proposed charter, he had determined
by correspondence and telephone that a majority of the
members did favor such ratification and that formal rati-
fication would be forthcoming within the near future.
On the recommendation of the Executive Board, it was
voted that 1946 dues of the Association to the Florida
State Chamber of Commerce in the amount i of $25.(0 ,be
paid.
It was called to the attention of the convention that
the Florida Association of Architects was authorized to


send three delegates to the Annual Convention of the
AIA. Delegates elected were James A. Stripling, Sanford
W. Goin, and Russell Pancoast with Robert Fitch Smith
elected as alternate.
Under the heading of new business James Gamble
Rogers advised that two possible vacancies were imminent
on the State Board of Architecture and moved that the
Association recommend to the Governor that Russell T.
Pancoast of Miami and W. T. Arnett of Gainesville be
appointed to fill such vacancies. The motion was passed.
A discussion of building codes concluded the morning
session.
In the afternoon session Archie Parish extended an
invitation from the architects of the St. Petersburg area
to hold the next annual convention in that city. The
Association accepted the invitation with the time for the
convention to be set by the president and secretary in
collaboration with the architects of the St. Petersburg
area.
The meeting adjourned so that members present could
attend an illustrated lecture on modular coordination by
Lorimer Rich of New York, provided through the courtesy
of the School of Architecture. Demonstration and discus-
sion were led by W. T. Arnett with the assistance of sev-
eral members of his staff.

NOTE: The 1946 annual convention will be held in
St. Petersburg. Details will be announced in a later
bulletin.

REPORT ON NATIONAL AIA CONVENTION
The Association was represented at the National Con-
vention of the AIA by your secretary and Russell Pan-
coast of Miami as delegates. President Stripling, as the
third delegate, was unable to attend due to the sudden
illness of his mother.
The theme of the meeting was that of "Rebuilding
America." Very few matters requiring any controversial
voting or having any material effect on our Association
came before the convention. Major interest seemed to
center around the committee report on Urban Planning
which finally came before the convention in a divided form
with the general consensus of opinion leaning toward the
acceptance of the more coniserivativt program. I)isc.tssioin
on the floor was so spiced by various in(memb)rs taking
exception to parts of the report as to enliven the pro-
ceedings considerably.


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Several interesting round-table discussions were held
on Various types of architecture, such as hospitals, schools,
etc., with those attending having their choice as to the
ones they wished to take part in.
Architects of the Miami area, in their usual inimitable
way, provided the maximum in the form of social enter-
tainment during the entire convention.
It is quite difficult for any individual to attempt a
comprehensive report on the entire convention since it is
just too big to be completely covered by any one person.
As an individual attending his first national convention,
however, certain impressions stand out:
Pride in our own Al Parker for the obvious
goodwill created in his welcome in Spanish to the
delegation from across the border. I couldn't under-
stand a word Al said but the expressions on the
faces of our guests indicated a job well done.
The wit and humor provided by Roger Allen as
toastmaster at the annual dinner. It was truly
said by someone that "though radio has its Fred
Allen, architecture has its Roger Allen."
The division of thought within our own profes-
sion- contrasting collectivism championed by Mr.
Sumner Spaulding in his report on urban planning,
and Mr. Klutznick of the Federal Public Housing
Authority in the principal :(ldress at the annual
dinner as against a masterful plea for a return to
free enterprise as made by Tyler S. Rogers at the
joint session with the Producers Council, and the
encouraging lack of support from the floor for Mr.
Spaulding's program.
The strength of leadership evidenced by Presi-
dent Edmund's conduct of the convention indicating
that he has both feet on the ground at all times.

ON~ UNIFICATION: Shortly after the Semi-Annual
Convention all of the necessary papers on unification,
including the various and sundry resolutions, etc., were
forwarded to President Stripling for transmittal to the
National Office AIA. It is hoped that by the time of the
next bulletin or at least by the time of the annual con-
vention we will be able to report unification as being
complete.
With unification in the very near future, Vice-Presi-
dent Franklin Bunch has contributed the following sug-
gestion concerning enlarged membership in the AIA.
An excerpt from Article IV, Section 2 of the
new Constitution and By-Laws for the Florida As-
sociation of Architects of the American Institute
of Architects, now before the A.I.A. for ratification,
states:. "Each year the Association shall promote
corporate or associate membership in the American
Institute of Architects for all registered architects
in Florida who are not then corporate or associate
members."
It is important that every registered architects
of Florida with a reputable and ethical practice
consider the many advantages to be derived from,
as well as the high responsibility involved in, A.I.A.
membership.
For over half a century the Institute has stood
and acted for those things which have placed archi-
tects before the public and the Government as a


profession, ready and willing to render service far
in excess of the remuneration received. Almost
every architect is familiar with the many forms
and documents published by the A.I.A. without
which our offices would be -,riously lh:ndicapped.
And now I can hear many of you say, "Well,
that may all be true about the national organiza-


tion, but just look at the situation in the local
chapters. Many A.I.A. members in Florida are far
less ethical than non-A.I.A. men, and what real
good have local chapters ever accomplished!"
My answer to that is that I agree with you al-
most 100%, but that is where the high responsi-
bility enters the picture. Inasmuch as the A.I.A.
is the one organization which speaks with an au-
thoritative voice, I feel that it is the direct
responsibility of every architect worthy of the name
to get into the Institute and really do something
personally to make its chapters what he would like
them to be. Let's stop arguing about whether the
Institute is worthwhile. Let's join up and take it
upon ourselves to make it something we can all
be proud of.
Membership applications may be obtained free
from The Octagon, 1741 New York Avenue, N. W.,
Washington 6, D. C.

HE A)DMITS IT: Judging from the letter received
from Al Parker regarding the request for packing-house
architects in the last issue of the bulletin, it is apparent
that at least a few of you fellows read the bulletin, but
just barely. For your edification, the letter goes as
follows:
Pursuant to your request in the April Bulletin
I have canvassed the field of packing box architects
here in Miami. Without exception all of the archi-
tects contacted admitted to having the qualifica-
tions described by the title "Packing-Box Architect"
but at the same time, without exception, these men
preferred anonymity. Their feeling is adequately
summed up by quoting from the remarks of one:
"Why shore, I am a packing box architect, but I
will be hanged if I want the fact advertised in the
1946 Annual Meat Packing Box Guide." Another
of our profession said he didn't mind the advertis-
ing so much but he did hate to use meat packing
boxes, especially those of the fishy variety, as he
always found the added stench was of no value to
the architectural effect.
As a suggestion, we considered the fastest
method of handling this problem-and we felt it
would be proper-was to pack all of the packing
box architects in packing boxes and ship by fast
refrigerated car to Mr. Spam. Such a procedure,
if carried out fairly, would possibly doom the pro-
fession to extinction. So it might be best to drop
the whole thing, packing box and all. A number
of men just back from service flatly stated they
would have nothing to do with Spam.
It was just pointed. out by one of the eagle-
eyed secretaries that your request was for the
Meat Packers Guide, Edward R. Swem, Editor, and
not the Meat Packing Box Guide, Eat Moore Spam,
Editor. This is naturally our mistake, so kindly
disregard the foregoing paragraphs in this letter.

ON THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT: About the time
the last bulletin was issued we received the following
most interesting letter from Lt. Kenneth J. Spry:
Dear Mr. Goin:


Permit me to introduce myself. The name is
Kenneth J. Spry. Before the war I was practicing
architecture in Hollywood, Florida. At present I
am not on your roll call, but steps are being taken
to remedl y that ,leficiency.
Your excellent bulletin was forwarded to me
here in Naples, Italy by my parents. Perhaps some





of the information listed below will be of help in
filling out your next issue.
While waiting for transhipment to the states,
I've been browsing around Naples to see what
progress is being made towards the reconstruction
of the bombed out areas of the town.
Several interesting facts have come to light.
Some time around 1937 there was so much agita-
tion towards the decentralization of the population
and industries of Naples that a committee was ap-
pointed to prepare a regional plan for the Province
of Naples and submit recommendations on the
above problems. After considering the problem
from all the local angles, building sites, existing
transportation facilities, etc., the committee decided
on six feasible locations, including areas in outly-
ing districts such as Bagnoli, Pozzuoli, and S. Gio-
vanni.
The theory behind the move, besides removing
a concentrated bomber target area, was the reloca-
tion of the population from the unhealthy congested
areas surrounding the Port of Naples and the exist-
ing industrial areas. Concurrently, Bagnoli was se-
lected as the site of a World's Fair Exposition to
be held in Naples. Bagnoli, long the site of Ilva,
one of the largest steel mills in Italy, headed the
list of relocation sites. A plot of ground adjacent
to the World's Fair site was acquired for the con-
struction of a housing project. The grand scheme
called for the grounds of the Exposition to become
a public park. Some of the Exposition buildings
of permanent type construction were to become the
recreational and cultural center of the neighbor-
hood.
The advent of World War II halted the work on
the Exposition, and forestalled any progress beyond
the planning stage on the housing 'project.
Thanks to Allied and German bombers and Ger-
man demolition teams, the industrial area was
levelled, Ilva made useless for some time to come,
and the congested housing conditions adjacent to
the port and industrial areas were made uninhabit-
able. In fact, about the only progressive thing the
war contributed to this town was an unpremedi-
tated slum clearance program effected by the vari-
ous air forces.
There is much big talk of a complete new town
plan for the devastated port areas (new broad
boulevards, customs' buildings, business and gov-
ernment buildings, etc.). The housing plans are
being revised to a three-phase project.
Phase I. Emergency housing, apartment units
half the size originally planned, in sufficient
quantity to relieve the housing shortage, com-
plete with cooperative laundries and restaurants.
Phase II. Construction of housing units'as origin-
ally planned. The structural layout of the build-
ings in phase one and phase two standardized.

Phase III. Conversion of phase one units into
phase two units. a '

On paper the planning and general situation
look good. Actually no large scale reconstruction


has been started. All the familiar stop-gap methods
are being used. Walls are being shored up, cracked
buildings beinitg amended, antd shells 1o bluildinlgs ar bolit .' ille wit lI floors;, partitions, and stairs halIl.
Asi(dh Irot the fact Itat there is no national
dlan for rcctlost ructitol, the principal ingredient,


lacking is coal. There is no evident central control
for planning and dispensing the few available criti-
cal resources. Each city and town is reconstruct-
ing more or less haphazardly on its own and private
enterprise seems to be too busily engaged on the
black market to do much about the reconstruction.
Italy produces no coal. She has been receiving
small shipments from Sardinia. However, this has
been of such poor quality that it is useless for
manufacturing. UNRAA's quota, enough to sup-
ply Italy's minimum demands, has fallen to half
of that. Coal is essential to Italy if she is to
produce her own steel, cement, and lime, the basic
materials of her physical reconstruction.
Pretty dim picture, isn't it? The solution is
hard to find. Importing supplies does not seem to
work. Our surplus war materials are being sold
to the Italian State Railways, not the Italian Gov-
ernment, at cost and less than cost prices (Ameri-
can), and are being sold by this concern to the
civilians at black market prices (samples, 5 jeep
tires $200.00, 21/2 T. GMC, 6x6 $10,000).
Relief supplies (tentage for emergency housing,
clothing, medicines, food) shipped into a town that
was recently damaged considerably from an ex-
plosion were stolen by the residents of that town
and appeared'on the black market a few days later.
Against such a background reconstruction dif-
ficulties mount.
From the looks of things now, shall be reopen-
ing my office some time in June. Until then
hasta la vista
Ken Spry.
14 April 46

We have just received a more recent letter from Lt.
Spry indicating that he is back in the states and expects
to be back in practice in Hollywood, Florida, in late June
or early July.

FINANCIAL: At the last meeting of the Board of
Directors it was suggested that the bulletin provide a
complete list of paid-up members each time. Starting
with this issue we expect to continue this practice.
The following dues have been received as of June 18,


1946:
Abreu, 'Francis L.
Adams, Franklin 0.
Adams, J. F.
A Aldt, William T.
"iAlts(ciler, J. A.
Anis, Albert
Arnett, Wm. T
Avery, Lester .
SBailey, Joseph
Benjamin, Roy
Berg-man, Philip
Betscl ick, A. E. R.
Bittner, Robert
-Bordeaux, Wi. )D.
Bradley, J. Frank
Bruce, George
Bruns, Herman H.
Bryston, Joseph IH.
lut l el. tki'rkl, (leo.
I:cl y, ilcedi 'ick W ., Jr.
Ilct hcy, Itcllund C (.
HIlUnch, Il'rankli L
I I'll u 1,i It. M .


Cellar, A. Eugene
Charn, Victor L.
Chilton, Howard
Chisling, Elliott L.
Christen, W. M.
Close, Bernard W.
Cole, Albert N.
Comm, B. Albert
Cunningham, Jesse
Davis, Arthur E.
Dean, Donovan
DeGarmo, Walter C.
De La Haye, E. F.
DeLoe, F. Earl
de Minicis, I. A.
Dixon, L. Murray
Dodd, John B.
Dow, Alden B.
)Drake, W. Kenyon
1),1f, )illard
I'cekholl', Arnold W., .Jr.
1Igg-ers, Otto R.
IEwving', Upton C.






Ferendino, A. J.
Fetner, S. Ralph
Fink, A. Hensel
Fink, H. George
, /"FFrance, Roy F.
Frye, Harvey D.
Friedman, Philip
orrest, A. Lowther
F immer, Frank
S .ulton, Harry A.
' '~ibbs, F. A.
Goin, Sanford W.
Greeley, Mellen C.
Griffin, Harry M.
Gross, Norman P.
Haas, George J.
Hadley, Elliott B.
Hake, Harry
Hannaford, F. T.
IHart, R. Daniel
/),, !,.Hatcher, W. W.
-~-Hazard, F. Arthur
Heim, Wm. J.
Ilentz, Hal F.
HIettel, Joseph N.
Higgins, Daniel P.
Hitt, L. W.
1' f LYohauser, Henry
T --TIolmes, Geo. O.
Hopkins, Abner C.
Houlihan, R. F.
Huddleston, Prentiss
Husson, Wm. M.
Irby, Benjamin E.
Irish, C. F.
Ironmonger, Morton T.
, .r, Jackson, William K.
S Jacobson, Nels S.
S Jacques, Gilbert J. P.
Jessen, Richard E.
Johnson, Wm. R.
Keck, Bert D.
Kemp, Wm. D.
Kennard, Philip F.
Kramer, Geo. Lee
Lang, Albert
Leggett, F. Earl
Little, Robert M.
-V .Lott, Winfield
Loven, Carl Kemm
Lukens, Bayard C.
McKissack, C. L.
Maass, Gustav
Manley, Miss Marion
Mark, V. Earl
Marsh, W. M.
Marshall, Wm. H.
Mathes, A. Herbert
Merriam, Win. H.
Meyer, Theodore A.
Mizrahi, Ralph S.
Moberg, Claus R.
Moore, Glenn D., Jr.
Morgan, Lloyd


Nellenbogen, Victor If. NEWS ANI) COMMENTS: We are in receipt of a
Nelson, Harry (0. letter from L. Murray )ixon, l)irector l)istrict 12, regard-
Nieder, Charley / ing activity in his district. We quote from his letter as
Norumile, J1ohf / follows:
Pancoast, Russell T. We in this district have been doing a bit of con-
Parish, Archie G. f '" structive work which you might like to know about.
Parmani Clarence J. As director of the 12th District I called a meeting
Parmelee, E. Dean of all architects to discuss the Miami Beach build-
Petersen, John E. ing code and recommend changes which might be
Pierson, John E. beneficial or desirable to the owners, architects,
Pillsbury, Hugh engineers and contractors. At the meeting a great
Pitt, Gerard number of points were brought out, so a committee
Polevitzsky, Igor B. was appointed to investigate and correlate the sug-
Powell, Jefferson D. gestions. I appointed Henry Hohauser chairman,
Probst, Edward E. and:,o- France and Igor Polevitsky on the com-
ProbstMaryin G G;.. ittee.
Robertson, E. L. We have asked the cooperation of the Engineer-
Rogers, James Gable, II ing Society, Associated General Contractors, Chamn-
Rosser, D. Floyd er of Commerce, and the Miami Beach Realty
Samwell, P. C. Board. And, of course, we have all along kept the
Sather, F. I. Building Dept. of the City informed as to our ac-
Schein, Sumner tions.
Schneider, Roy J. In a couple of weeks we hope to have our
Schultze, Leonard recommendations in shape to double check with the
Seelmann, Frederick R ilding Dept. and then submit to the City Council.
Seymour, Russell
Sheftall, Lee Roy ON RENTAL HOUSING: The following letter was
Shepherd, S. Linzy received from the Editor of the Architectcoral Record:
Simberg, A. J.
Sindelr, Frank Since we must operate under the Patman Bill
Sindelar, Frank
Six, Norm an Fand the Wyatt program, we believe one phase of the
Skinnr, Coton housing situation may offer more opportunities for
Skinner, John architects than the cheap single-family house, and
Skinner, John L. .
Smith, Ivan H. that is-multi-family rental housing.
Smith, Robert F. The enclosed reprint* shows that Mr. Wyatt
Snw, A. Fogert himself realizes the necessity for this type of hous-
Souhw A r. oldr ing, and we hope that the "Case for Rental Hous-
Southwell, Arnold-
S kli W 0ng" may be useful to architects in the promotion
Sparklin, Wm. O.
Spohn, Geo. H. / .. of garden apartment house projects and the like in
Spry, Kenneth J,(, r. i /' eir communities. I hope that this may Iprove
Stevens, Raymon C. useful to you and members of your Chapter.
Steward, Harold D We would be very much interested in hearing of
Stewar, A. Courtney such rental housing projects as may be developed
Stewrii, J s A. in your section, for we would like to publish as
Stripling, James A.
Swartburg, B Robert many outstanding examples of rental housing pro-
Swartburg, B. Robert
Tanner, John R. jects as possible.
Telchin, Charles S. It is hoped that some of you will have such projects
Toombs, Henry J. which you may care to submit to the Record for publica-
Troxel, Lynn tion.
Turner, P. Pamorrow
Twitchell, Ralph S. S,.. SHORT EDITORIAL (Even shorter than the last one):
Volk, John L. "He has erected a multitude of new offices and sent
Wakeling, Roy V. ( hither swarms of officers to harrass our people and eat
Walker, Frank Ray out their substance."- Declaration of Independence, July
Walton, Francis R. 4, 1776.
Weakley, R. De r y / Ct-. If Thomas Jefferson thought they had troubles then,
Wenner, Bruce C. how would he have worded it had he built Monticello
Wohl, Harry under OPA, CPA, FHA, and all the other A's ?
Wohl, Martin M.
Woods, Frank W.
Wyeth, Marion S.
Yonge, Chandler C.
Zachar, Stefan H.
Zannoth, George G.


Moughton, Elton J.


We wish to thank the directors for their cooperation
in reminding members in their districts of the necessity
of supporting the Association as evidenced by copies of
form letters received.


:: From the May 1946 Arcl i(c, (.irLd Record.