Mr. Simon P. Sleppy, of Wilkesbarre, Pa., proposes the formation of an association for the promotion of the interests of architects upon the following general basis:—Architects who desire to become members to furnish drawings of the choicest structures of their own designing, one percent of the cost of the building shown in the drawings to be deposited by the designer as a contribution to the funds of the association. The drawings to be properly classified. The money received to be paid, in suitable prizes to the originators of the best designs in each class, a sufficient amount being deducted to pay the expense of annually engraving and publishing the prize plans. The awards to be governed by vote of the members. With good management an enterprise of this kind would seem to be practicable. An annual volume of architectural designs of the character indicated would be highly useful.
This article was originally published with the title "A Prize Architectural Association" in Scientific American 13, 46, 365 (July 1858)