A National Opera House in Washington, elevation
Designed by Max Abramowitz American
Competition sponsored by the National Institute for Architectural Education American
Not on view
This drawing is part of a group of drawings donated to the Museum by the National Institute for Architectural Education (now the Van Alen Institute). The institute was founded in 1894 as the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects by a group of alumni from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris to promote and advance architectural practice in the United States of America. Alongside a series of courses, the Society initiated various competitions and awards, of which the so-called Paris Prize, first awarded in 1904, was the most prestigious. The winner of the annual competition was given the opportunity to study at the École in Paris for a year. With the exception of the war years, from 1915 to 1918 and 1941 to 1946, the prize was awarded annually up until 1995. The Met collection holdings contain 78 prize-winning designs for public buildings, monuments and urban planning by 24 architects from the period between 1907 and 1947.