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

Architect:
Designed by George A. Downs (American, 20th century)
Patron:
Competition sponsored by the National Institute for Architectural Education (American)
Date:
1939
Medium:
Graphite, pen and black ink, grey and brown wash
Dimensions:
sheet: 26 15/16 x 39 1/8 in. (68.4 x 99.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of the National Institute for Architectural Education, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.1101.25B
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)