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CANBERRA. GRIFFIN, WALTER BURLEY. - Federal Parliament House Architectural Competition.

[Melbourne], Govt Printer [1914] foolscap folio printed wrapp; [4],10pp, 6 plates of views, plans, elevations &c, folding colour plan. With the registration leaf (to be detached) intact. A bit rumpled and used, piece about an inch square torn from the bottom of the back cover; decent enough. ¶ Conditions, specifications &c for the failed competition. The judges were to include Otto Wagner - after the outbreak of war Griffin suggested he could be replaced by Saarinen - and Louis Sullivan though it is seems clear that Griffin has all but set out the winning design here. Something between a ziggurat and a stupa. He is still working with the Preliminary Plan of his Report Explanatory without, as yet, further revisions. The department immediately set out to subvert the competition and its results, against which Griffin was still battling in May 1915. It was briefly revived in August 1916 but in November was indefinitely postponed. It is a pity the competition failed. I do wonder how much the increasing small mindedness of our politicians over the last thirty years is due to them spending their days in a bunker. But that doesn't explain their mean spirited colleagues in other parts of the world.
AUD 350.00 [Appr.: EURO 215.5 US$ 248.84 | £UK 189.75 | JP¥ 27849] Book number 10356

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