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The Builder Heritage Journal   | 26 April 1902

Architectural Societies

Leeds And Yorkshire Architectural Society

This Society held its last meeting of the session on the 17th inst. at the rooms in Park-street, Leeds. Mr. Butler Wilson, F.R.I.B.A., was elected President for a second year, and Mr. R. Wood and Mr. G. F. Bowman were appointed Vice-Presidents, the former being re-elected. It was mentioned by the Secretary (Mr. H. S, Chorley) that there had been an increase of twenty-six in the membership of the Society during the year. He added that while professional interests had been carefully watched over—notably in connexion with the proposed new building by-laws and the assessorship of the recent public baths competitions—greater attention than previously had been paid to matters of public interest instancing the steps taken by the Council of the Society in regard to the Queen Victoria memorial. The President observed that the work of the Society had been consolidated and strengthened during the past year, and that the aim of the Council during the ensuing year would be to give effect to the proposal to provide increased facilities for students, notably in establishing a Chair of Architecture at the Yorkshire College—similar to that at Liverpool. It was hoped, he said, that the allied societies and independent architects of the county would combine to put the proposed Chair upon a sound financial basis.—Subsequently Mr, J. Starkie Gardner, F.SA., of London, gave a lecture on "Decorative Wrought Iron Work," showing illustrations of work, mostly of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, from Italy, Spain, Germany, and France, examples of which are being gradually collected and carefully classified at South Kensington. In the sixteenth century the English smiths far outrivalled their continental confreres in design of metal work, not from any advantages of site or materials, but from an innate love of form which continental craftsmen, notwithstanding their culture and civilisation, were unable to equal. The age of Wrought metal, said Mr. Gardner, had passed. Royalties and municipalities will not now expend the necessary amount so ungrudgingly and lavishly given in the days of Louis XIV and XV., who expended many million livres upon this one craft. Cast iron and rolled steel have hastened this regrettable decline. — In proposing a vote of thanks to the lecturer, Mr. R. P. Oglesby pointed out that some attention is now being given to the artistic treatment of engineering structures, instancing the buildings of the Paris Exhibition.

Northern Architectural Association

The annual report of this Association shows that it now numbers fifty-seven Members, Seventy-four Associates, and eighty Students; 211 in all. The report summarises the work of the past Session, but contains no special point for observation. The Sketching Club among the students is said to have proved very successful, and a Designing Class has been formed, for which Mr. W. Glover has offered Prizes for the two best designs. Mr. F. W. Morgan has set the subjects—"A Pair of Semi-Detached Villa" and "A Town Dwelling to be Altered to Business Premises." These are now being worked out, two months being allowed for each.

Bristol Society of Architects

The annual general meeting of this Society was held at the Fine Arts Academy, Queens Road, Clifton, on the 14th inst.. Mr. Frank W. Wills (President) in the chair. After the confirmation of the minutes of the last annual general meeting, the scrutineers appointed for the election of officers and council reported that the result of the voting was as follows:—President Mr. Joseph Wood; vice-presidents, Messrs. G. H. Oatley and F. W. Wills; council: Messrs. W. L. Bernard, F. Bligh Bond, J. H. La Trobe, Thomas Nicholson, W. S. Skinner, and J. Foster Wood; hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr. H. Dare Bryan; associate members of council, Messrs. M. A. Green and T. H Weston. The annual report of the council was then read by the hon. secretary and the audited accounts presented, and, upon the motion of the President, were adopted.

Mr. J. Atwood Slater describes his architectural tour

A lecture devoted to architectural research was then delivered by Mr. J. Atwood Slater. describing an architectural tour undertaken in 1880, and detailing the architecture and incidents of personal concern dependent on travel met with in the departments of Seine Inférieure, Seine and Oise, and Seine, penetrating into the heart of France as far as Auxerre. The course of the Seine, with its diverse monuments, was topographically followed from Harfleur to Paris, and subsequently in its considerable ramification, the stately River Yonne, Melun, Fontainebleau, Sens, and finally the rich town of Auxerre coming under consideration.

Mr. J. Atwood Slater also drew special attention to the advantage derived from travelling alone for the purpose of observing better the archaeological wealth and customs of the French, having a distinct and definite line of study and object lesson ever in view; to his wide sympathy with the French people; to their sumptuous care for their ancient monuments, their courtesy and reverential manner of hospitality towards English-speaking students; and also particular to the unsuspicious, deferential manner in which they are entertained and regarded by the Ministerial authorities, detailing in precise biographical manner his experience with bourgeois and with peasant, ecclesiastic and soldier. He recorded also the incidents and popular events associated with travel, as study and the tide of time goaded him onward, the wave of diurnal events lying upon the open page of history, here dishevelled, here streaked with adverse episode, and there becalmed.

A vote of thanks to Mr. J. Atwood Slater having been passed, Mr. Joseph Wood, the new President, thanked the members for his election, and proposed a hearty vote of thanks to the retiring President (Mr. Frank Wills). This was seconded by Mr. G. H. Oatley, and supported by the hon. secretary. The retiring President acknowledged the vote, and referred in complimentary terms to the assistance he had received from Mr. H. Dare Bryan, the hon. secretary, who had consented to serve in that capacity for another year. The proceedings then terminated.

Glasgow Institute of Architects

The Report of the Council for the Session 1902-1903 states that one member has been added to their number, and one has died, leaving the total roll of seventy-two members unaltered, with ten honorary members. The Photographic Collection Committee have now completed the set of architectural photographs brought together in connection with the recent International Exhibition in Glasgow, with the exception of the arrangement and printing of titles, which is in progress, and will shortly be completed. The intention is that the photographs now brought together, illustrating the architecture of Glasgow, from the Cathedral down to buildings of the most recent times, may form the nucleus of a larger collection, in which all the works of architectural interest in Glasgow and the West of Scotland will be included. Space has been provided for such an extension of the collection, and members and other architects are invited to present to the Institute photographs of buildings erected from their designs, and coming within the category mentioned, that they may form part of the collection. The ninth triennial competition for the Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship falls to be held this year, the drawings to be lodged with the secretary by December 26, 1902.

A carefully-prepared programme has been drawn up by the committee, of which Mr. Paterson is convener, consisting of (1) Restoration of the Tower of the Winds at Athens, and (2) Design for a building to accommodate the Fine Art Department of a University. The programme has been framed on lines which, it is hoped, will encourage a more severe and careful study of the styles of architecture specified in the Deed of Trust. As a further stimulus, the trustees have offered a second prize of 20l., should the quality of the work submitted and the number of competitors warrant this. The council are glad to report that the individual applications for copies of the programme have far exceeded their expectation, based on former competitions, as these already number upwards of seventy, and have come from all parts of the kingdom.

Other News

Savoy Theatre

A new iron and glass covered way has just been completed at the Savoy, in connexion with the alteration of the levels between the Savoy Hotel and the Strand. The St. Pancras Iron Co. carried out the work.

Leeds Library

The new library which the Leeds Corporation has provided for Armley and district has just been opened. The building is Renaissance in style with dressings of Morley stone. It is situated at the corner of Stocks Hill and Wesley-place, and the principal entrance is surmounted by a clock tower, which also contains a fan for extracting vitiated air from the apartments. The general reading-room is 60 ft. 9 in. by 76 ft. and there is a ladies's room, whilst on the lower floor is a reading-room for juveniles 60 ft. 9 in. by 36 ft.. Mr. Percy Robinson, of Leeds, prepared the design for the structure.

Books Received

The Country Gentleman's Estate Book. Edited and compuled by W. Broomhall. (The Country Gentlemen's Association.)

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