Pan American Union Building
(Organization of American States)
1910 - Washington, D.C.
From Paul P. Cret, Dec. 22 1940 (ten commandments):
- Don't: try to please everybody; try to please yourself first of all.
- Don't: save time during the study of a project - it will save time during its construction, and worry too.
- Don't: believe you know it all; a building calls on many craftsmen; make use of them.
- Don't: promise your client the moon at bargain prices; there is a day when bids come in!
- Don't: classify commissions into those worth taking trouble and those not worth it. People judge you on both.
- Don't: believe architecture was invented ten years ago.
- Don't: repeat your story. Try to tell a better one if you can.
- Don't: think a design is good when it is merely different and, if you believe, a new one.
- Don't: hope for a formula to something beautiful.
- Don't: worry too much about what others are doing. "The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself."
1907 competition entry drawing from the office of Paul Phillippe Cret for 17th street facade.
Paul Cret travelled to Mexico to research its architecture. "And thereby was able to present a dialogue between function and aesthetic, artifice and nature, and perhaps most memorably, between the Classical architecture that defines much of the nation's capital and the architectural traditions, both ancient and colonial of Latin America." (Curatorial descrition from House of the Americas Turns 100 Years: Paul Phillippe Cret and the Architecture of Dialogue)
Entablature detail with polychromatic brackets.