The Ballroom for the Beaux Arts Ball, The Opening Pageant for "An Expedition to the Kingdom of Poseidon", plan, section, and costume sketches

Designed by George A. Downs (American, 20th century)
Competition sponsored by the National Institute for Architectural Education (American)
Graphite, pen and black ink, grey and brown wash
sheet: 26 15/16 x 39 1/8 in. (68.4 x 99.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of the National Institute for Architectural Education, 1980
Accession Number:
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.
Architectural Drawings from the Paris Prize Competitions

Signature: "FPIH2", black ink, lower right corner

Inscription: "Paris Prize 1939", red crayon, upper center
"1", red crayon, lower right corner

Marking: Society of Beaux Arts Architects, black ink, lower right corner
National Institute for Architectural Education; Donor: National Institute for Architectural Education (American)