Charles Follen McKim Memorial Meeting ... Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Dec.15, 1909

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Gibson Bros., 1910 - Architects - 28 pages
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Page 6 - Was it a victory? Another such and I am dead." But it was a victory, and it illustrates his character in quietly pushing and pushing and pushing for the highest ideals of his art, and insisting on everything that was best, and in yielding in nothing that seemed to him a detriment and a retrograde step.
Page 13 - McKim goes into that building also, as it had into the White House, as it did into the War College, and as it will ultimately appear in the great park system of Washington. Our President needed to add nothing to the many reasons that I have for respect and affection for him, but he did add to both of those by the steadfastness and generous appreciation with which he stood by McKim in his strenuous efforts to prevent the park system plan from being overslaughed and rendered impossible by subsequent...
Page 6 - No one could come in contact with him and not feel that generous, disinterested spirit of his in favor of the promotion of all art, and his willingness to devote time and effort to promote it everywhere. I had the honor to appoint him as a member of the Board to assist the Secretary of War in preserving what we could of the scenery of Niagara, and he devoted a great deal of time, with very little compensation, to planning out what could be done on the American side of the river so that the people...
Page 6 - ... and he came to prevent it. The Secretary of Agriculture was not disposed to regard that variation from the plan as substantial, and was very much opposed to the change. Mr. McKim came to me, after Mr. Root left the Cabinet, as his only true sympathizer and friend, and asked me to speak to the President, whom he also regarded as a friend and sympathizer, but one who at times needed convincing. So I went to see the President and explained to him the situation, and he at once agreed that we ought...
Page 9 - ... of the American temperament. He despised and shrank from the merely ingenious and fantastical, through which amateurs in the beginning of a desire for ornament are apt to express themselves. The tendency was to hold fast to all that was good in the past, to anchor in the great achievements past, and to aim to adapt the established principles of art to the new conditions to which his problems related; and so when he came — when he was called to apply his art to the solving of the problems that...
Page 5 - I am able to certify is true ; but it illustrates his qualities to such a degree that perhaps I may be pardoned for going into the confidences of a Cabinet of an administration. The Mall was Mr. McKim's chief anxiety lest Congress should forget that important part of the plan of the improvement of Washington. The cellar and the foundation for the Agricultural Department Building had been begun, and some eight or ten thousand dollars expended when it came to Mr. McKim's knowl...
Page 9 - At that meeting I said what I had to say in tribute to his memory, but I cannot resist the feeling that it is appropriate that it should be supplemented by this meeting here, held under the auspices of the American Institute of Architects, representing his own profession and the brethren among whom he...
Page 13 - ... possibly we may make criticisms and sugges' tions which would better be done now than after the building is put up " ; and the architects, of course, were delighted and they submitted their plans; many invaluable suggestions were made, the plans were worked over and still again ; and the cor' rect taste of McKim goes into that building also, as it has into the White House, as it did into the War College, and as it will ultimately appear in the great park system of Washington. Our President needed...
Page 11 - Washington, certain that his correct taste, his carefully studied views, would prevent any error being made. He was called upon to pass upon the designs for the Grant Memorial, which is now under construction, and he was called upon to pass upon the location, and a battle royal occurred over the design and a still more serious conflict over the location; but he was tenacious and unyielding in his contention for what he was sure was right and best, and he prevailed. When we came to build the new building...
Page 6 - We can, and we will," and we did. Mr. McKim was of counsel and Mr. Green and two or three others. The President took Mr. McKim to task at once on the audacity of architects who wait thirty and sixty days, until plans have been completed, and then come in and attempt to make a change. Well, that was not a very good beginning, and I am afraid that our brother McKim thought the jig was up. But it so suited the Secretary of Agriculture that when...

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