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Royal Architectural Institute of Canada—Quarterly Bulletin, April-July, 1909; Proceedings of the First General Annual Meeting, 1909. The Secretary (Mr. John Little [F.]) moved that the Report and Financial Statement be adopted, seconded by Mr.



The Institute has lost two of its oldest members by death during the year, Albert Purchas (Major) and Nathaniel Billing.


In the field of competitions, your Council has advised and assisted in preparing the terms for the Bennett Memorial in Richmond, Trinity College Chapel and the new premises of Messrs Brooks, Robinson and Co. The subject of legal qualification has been raised with your Council on several occasions and the Institute of Architects of N.S.W.




Green and Fargher and their associates, whose skills are demonstrated problem by problem, and to the process illustrator, Mr.

31St December, 1909. LIABILITIES

In 1903 I had the honor of being elected a member of the Council of your Institute, and since that year I have filled the offices of the Hon. From time to time I have done my best to maintain the etiquette of the profession and to advance the interests of the Institute, and I have often asked practitioners to register with us. 34; What is the use of the Institute, and what benefit is it to its members?" Now, I think that if a member of our profession joins the Institute expecting personal gain, he will be disappointed, because the conduct of his affairs requires an expenditure of time. , which is not offset by the immediate return.

I am of the opinion that each of us should endeavor to persuade all professional men of fair ability and reasonable standards of conduct to become members of the Institute. The practical aspect of the Profession has benefited from the work of the Institute in compiling the general conditions. Also the Institute is the recognized authority for all matters of professional procedure and for further purposes of engagement in the effort to secure state or federal recognition in the exercise of the profession by means of a Bill of Qualifications.

Then, again, the development of competitions has been affected to such an extent that your Council is now frequently consulted and trusted by the owners in drawing up the terms of the competitions in which our members must compete, and I think by the majority. In recent cases, the influence of the Institute has been beneficial to the practitioners of Architecture as a whole. In the first case the judges were also consulted at a later date in regard to the establishment of the statutory select group, and we recommended what we considered necessary for the proper assembly of the same, but it is not yet learned whether our suggestions are acceptable to the commission, or will have to be modified in the expenditure result. At a later period I was two years old and now for the third time, with the good will of the members, I am unanimously called to renewed service by the members of the associate profession.


The fillets are dipped in tar before laying and, when dry, the entire top surface of the concrete is covered with hot tar. If the joist closest to the fans is across the fans, holes will need to be drilled into each joist in the center of the floor. Therefore, fans are provided, and the air penetrates the floor and spreads through the notches over the flanges of the steel beams.

From the beginning of his career in Victoria, Billing took a keen interest in maintaining the status of the architectural profession. In 1858 he was appointed auditor of the accounts of the Institute, and was elected a member of the Council. Billing, who was also noted for the enthusiasm with which he supported the interests of the Institute.

Nathaniel Billing was appointed a bon viveur for his distinguished services to the profession and the Institute. For many years, in the time of the late Bishop Perry, he held the office of Anglican church architect. The following are some of the main churches designed by him: - All Saints' Church, St.

Diagram A  shows a basement floor where floor-boards are  used. The splayed fillets  are  embedded in the concrete, which is  levelled smooth on the surface, the fillets and concrete being  quite flush
Diagram A shows a basement floor where floor-boards are used. The splayed fillets are embedded in the concrete, which is levelled smooth on the surface, the fillets and concrete being quite flush


The Working Men's College, Melbourne, is an institution in which those interested in architecture and building construction take a deep interest. Classes in both subjects were never so full, and in the first year of construction prospective students are literally turned away from the doors. The result is that another inefficient man may soon swell the ranks where there is already too much inefficiency, or take some casual work with more or less persistence and become another unskilled laborer in a market that is always congested.

We are confident, however, that the College is justified in its present demand that the grant (which was last year increased to £10,000) should be given as a fixed amount on a permanent basis and not be subject to any reduction. of the cabinet. The classes in which our readers are interested require the models, equipment, and apparatus with which the colleges of England and France, at least to our own knowledge, are replete. If they were made before the designs were publicly exhibited, the competitors, we argue, should have been informed of the positions they were in as early as possible.

Although the designs rightly bore neither the name of the designer nor the motto, the names of the authors were known, as cer-. It seems strange that a College Council, composed of educated men, should show such a pitiful ignorance of business skill, and at the same time be so indifferent to the feelings of the architects, who at its invitation had presented the designs for this college. hat. Hudson, A.R.V.I.A., late assistant instructor in building construction at the Workmen's College, Melbourne, has been appointed to the position of instructor in that subject, along with architecture, at the Eastern Suburbs Technical College, Hawthorn, and the Council of the W.M.C.

It deals with various systems for heating buildings by low pressure hot water installations and provides a lot of valuable data in a very condensed form. In Victoria we have hardly touched the edge of the important subject of heating buildings. We suffer in the winter and when the warmer weather returns we forget all our problems until the cold weather sets in again and it becomes too late to do anything for the season.

The sliding sash window is unlikely to be displaced by the more aesthetically pleasing hinged sash window, despite its disadvantage. A portion of the divider bead and the divider bead on the swing side of the wings are hinged, and by a device which disengages the hanging cord from the frame, but holds it in position on that side, and fixed pins which fit into the wings on the other side in, thus forming hinges, both wings opening into the room to the extent of going degrees or more. As these fixtures do not disfigure the woodwork, and as the adjustments are made instantly, we will probably soon hear more about the invention in Victoria.






In the Orders they were "face to face with one of the greatest wonders in the wonderful history of mankind" and much more to the same effect. I think the latter.” The philosophical nature of the paper differs from most papers read before architectural institutes. It must be scientific and must be the work of a philosopher as well as an artist.

Once there was a journey of a few people; today, through travel and illustrations, world works are accessible to many. He didn't have a good word for the "decadent styles" of the English Renaissance, but wanted us to go to Greece for inspiration. Then the changes continued until the end of the fifteenth century, which it was impossible to regard as a development of buildings, after which a remarkable difference in architecture was perceived; the result of purely moral and intellectual influences.

This paper is therefore of particular interest to Australians right now, as it deals with the choice of location and subsequent placement of the American capital. Interestingly, in the light of the Australian experience, one reads the "selection" of American capital until a certain level was reached. The eventual acceptance of the Potomac location was involved in a web of diplomacy too long to describe.

Walter of Philadelphia, a classicist who used orders with intelligence, was the only architect who could be trusted to make the important additions needed at the capital. Between that date and the end of the Civil War, he planned and executed the additions and dome of the capitol as it is now, adding two large wings and creating a tripartite composition. Walter found a weakness in the substructure that prevented him from building his turret from the same material as the wings, so he built it from cast iron.

Walter became the first president of the American Institute of Architects (the institute is patterned after the R.I.B.A.) and was the last representative of American architecture as it was. He was for ten years a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and is credited with the design of the pavilion facing the Rue de Rivoli opposite the Palis Royal. The harsh spirit of the times (immediately after the emancipation of the slaves) was captured in Richardson's buildings, and these buildings, especially his Trinity Church, Boston, captured and everyone wanted to build in "the Romanesque rock cladding". style." The number of first-rate architects practicing in the States became legion, and the Columbian Exhibition provided the first opportunity to bring together the combined artistic abilities of several of the leading architects of the country at the time.

The article then concludes in conversational style with a sketch of contemporary American architecture, showing many illustrations of standard works.

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Diagram A  shows a basement floor where floor-boards are  used. The splayed fillets  are  embedded in the concrete, which is  levelled smooth on the surface, the fillets and concrete being  quite flush
Diagram E  shows a floor constructed in a similar way to C,  but where there is no opportunity or where the opportunity has  been neglected, of providing ventilators
Diagram D  shows a floor constructed similar to  C,  but as  only slag wool, and not lime pugging, is used, it is not so  necessary to ventilate the upper part of the floor


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