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these are done, there will be, nearly every evening and SaturNOVEMBER 10, 1900. ·
day afternoons, for at least eight months in the year, six to CONTENTS.
eight thousand persons to be transported to and from these SUMMARY:
halls through Huntington Avenue and Boylston Street or “ Topical Architecture.” — The Growth of Boston. – The Effect Massachusetts Avenue. This number will more than comfort
of Foreign Traffic on the City's Growth. — Fall of the ably fill two hundred electric-cars, and, as no one will be willPrice of Iron in Great Britain. - Honesty between Colluding Bidders. — Mr. Alexander Doyle, Sculptor, and the Statues
ing to wait more than half an hour for a car, an addition to the of Horace Greeley, - How French Architects are protected
present traffic of something like two hundred cars in each against the Pauper Architects of America. - The Alumino direction, in the space of half an hour, or at the rate of about thermic Method of Reducing Metals. - Close of the Paris seven cars a minute, must be looked for at the most crowded Exposition
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time of the day. It is not surprising that architects and realDIFFUSION OF LIGHT. - I.
estate agents, who are accustomed to study such conditions, BOOKS AND PAPERS.
48 view the prospect with some alarm, and make frequent suggesILLUSTRATIONS:
tions for meeting the inevitable difficulty. Our readers will United States Post-office, Kansas City, Mo.-Bolognese Palaces. - Boston Highlands M. E. Church, Boston, Mass.
remember Mr. Atkinson's well-studied and thoroughly archiPlace Louis XVI, Nantes, France. - A Memorial Porch: No. tectural scheme for a new street southward from Copley Square. 141 West 11th St., New York, N. Y.
This, although probably the most carefully-matured plan yet Additional: No. 27 East 20th St., New York, N. Y. - Part of
proposed, is unlikely to be adopted, on account of its cost, and the New National Museum, Munich, Bavaria. - Metalwork, - XVI: Post and Railing, No. 24 East 57th St., New York,
the changes, which can hardly be long delayed, are likely to N. Y. - Metalwork, - XVII: Post and Railing, No. 6 East
take the form of widening the present streets, particularly 8th St., New York, N. Y. - Model of Statue of Mr. Cecil Providence, Eliot and Kneeland Streets, which would give a Rhodes. - Panels at Base of the same Statue.
route from Copley Square to the Summer Street Terminal is so simple and easy a thing to start an architectural nearly parallel to Boylston Street, and relieve the latter of
some of its traffic. journal that we have had a natural hesitancy in transforming ”
HILE Boston and its suburbs have been filling up with
new inhabitants, its commerce has grown in a way still list of architectural publications that have started but have more remarkable. Fourteen years ago, if we are not never progressed beyond the speedily reached graveyard of mistaken, after the loss of the “ Oregon,” the Cunard Company mistaken ventures. Starts are so easy to make that we could discontinued its line of steamers between Boston and Liverstart a new architectural journal with every month in the year, pool, and for a considerable period not a single steamer left each distinctly different from the American Architect, and from Boston regularly for any foreign port, the reason given being all others, and each offering the prospect that at last the longed that no freight could be secured in Boston for the return trip. for and perfect thing had been born. “ Topical Architecture"
Now there are eleven regular lines of steamships, connecting will be simply and purely an architectural publication, appeal. Boston with Liverpool, Glasgow, Bristol, London, Hamburg ing to the eye and senses more than to the brain; it will not and Copenhagen. If it were not for the obstructions in the seek its income in the advertising field, and will not be a vehicle harbor, which are, however, the object of a feeble attempt at for the outpourings of architectural writers. We believe it improvement, the foreign trade of the city would undoubtedly will deserve the support of the profession, else it would not be be much greater, for, although more freight is offered than the allowed to start, and we also believe the profession should feel
steamers can take, the largest ships are obliged to sail with they ought to give it the modest support it seeks.
only about two-thirds of their full capacity, in order to get
What this great NE bardly realizes the growth of cities except by an effort safely over the shallows in the channel. of memory, and a little reflection is necessary to appreciate
change indicates for the future of Boston it is impossible to
say. At present, all the foreign business is done with foreign the changes which have taken place in Boston within a comparatively short period.
ships; but there are indications that American ship-building Fifteen or sixteen years ago and sailing will soon be relieved of the legislative burdens Boylston Street was lined with dwelling-houses, and was traversed by a few horse-cars, one every quarter of an hour, if we
which have oppressed it for thirty years, and as soon as these remember rightly, some on their way to Brookline, through two occupations cease to be confined to favored monopolies, it Huntington Avenue, and others, by way of Dartmouth Street, may be presumed that Boston, which foreign merchants have to the South End. The Harvard Bridge had not then been
found a desirable port, will be found equally so by the Ameriopened to street-car traffic; the Beacon-Street Boulevard was
cans who will, as soon as they are permitted to do so, make incomplete, and the beautiful and populous Brighton quarter
a vigorous attempt to secure their share of the world's trade. present day was a
HE course of of , has taken place, the same Boylston Street is encumbered with what is almost a continuous double string of electric-cars, and
a reduction of thirty per cent was made in a few days at the newspapers publish plan after plan for relieving the con
the beginning of the month; in Belgium, where iron is made gestion ” of traffic in it. The diversion of a portion of the
very cheaply, the demand has fallen off, so that the mills, as a Cambridge travel through it, on the opening of the Harvard rule, are operated only four days in the week; and in GerBridge, was the first important change, and the completion of many, where economy of manufacture is studied to the utmost, the Beacon Boulevard made another considerable addition to
and where, in consequence, prices are generally low, large
concessions are made to effect sales, the manufacturers of bolts the Boylston Street traffic, but, as usually happens in such
and rivets, for example, having made a reduction of twenty-five cases, these two additions brought with them others, still more important. The owners of the dwelling-houses on Boylston which, we must remember, is still sold much cheaper abroad
, Street, finding that it was becoming a great thoroughfare, than it is at home, is finding its way everywhere. The Americonverted their houses into handsome stores. These attracted customers from other places than Brighton and Cambridge, and North German Lloyd Steamship Company, at Bremen, and it
can Bridge Company has contracted to build shops for the cars now run through Boylston Street to Dorchester, South Boston and other quarters, to accommodate them. Meanwhile, is said that the bridges for the Uganda Railway, in Africa, are people in search of houses, finding Brighton and Brookline
to be built by American contractors. conveniently connected with the best part of the city, settled DELIGHTFUL municipal case came recently before the there in great numbers; so that, from all these causes, the Pennsylvania courts. The city of Philadelphia advertised street-car business has grown until it has become unmanage
for sale the old iron in the former municipal gas-works. able. Now, to add to the congestion, the new Symphony Two men, Blakey and Samuel, put in for it a joint bid of nine Hall, the largest and most beautiful concert-hall in the city, thousand dollars. Another man, named Barrett, hearing of accommodating about four thousand persons, has just been this, offered them four thousand dollars to withdraw their bid. opened, and Horticultural Hall and Chickering Hall, accommo- They did so, and Barrett paid the four thousand dollars to dating, probably, as many more, will soon be completed. When I Samuel, and put in himself a bid of two thousand dollars. This