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The San Francisco Call, Wednesday, September 6, 1899
Vol. 86, No. 98, p. 5

Come to Review the Architectural Views

Herr Junghaendel is Here from Berlin.

The Famous Expert Emphasizes the Importance of the
Competition for the University of California Buildings.

The interest which the international competition for the Phebe Hearst plan of the University of California arouses in America as in Europe is manifested by the presence in this city of Herr Max Junghaendel, the architect and author from Berlin. He came in compliance to the request of leading European art reviews to criticize the results of the competition. Herr Junghaendel has perhaps traveled more than any other architect and has seen nearly every architectural creation of importance which Europe, the Orient and America have produced. He had to see them with the eye of a critic, having to select the best for the costly works he edited and which, for the careful selection and artistic reproduction of the objects, are considered the foremost of their class. Herr Junghaendel is at present engaged in the preparation of a large work on the achievements of modern American architecture, which is in great demand in Europe and which he believes will be the most interesting one he ever edited. He gained his spurs by the excellent criticisms he wrote twelve years ago on the international competition for the facade of the Milan Cathedral. With reference to the present competition, he said yesterday:

"As an architect I am naturally highly interested in it. There is no doubt that this competition is the greatest one to which architects of all over the world ever have been invited. It is as much the magnitude of its design to create the largest and most perfect university in the world as the unusual generosity of its execution which make this competition far surpass any other one. Never before were architects confronted with such a gigantic scheme and had to puzzle with such a vast array of buildings and requirements. It was surely unique that the prize-winners of the preliminary competition were invited to come to San Francisco at the expense of the originator in order to study the site and the local building conditions before making the more definite plans for the final competition. It is furthermore unparalleled in the history of architectural competitions that the leading architects of England, France and Germany, as members of the jury, are also brought half way around the globe in all possible comfort in order to be treated here in a more than royal manner. That is simply grand. That shows American enterprise and greatness of conception, generosity and hospitality in a glorious way. More than any achievement on the fields of war can this peaceful event contribute to alter the queer ideas of America which are still current, even among the better conducted classes of the Old World.

"It is the purpose of my stay in America and of my intended work on American architecture to show to the world the great achievements on the fields of peace. It is, therefore, in my line to pay especial attention to this competition. I seldom write for journals, but in this case I thought it to the interest of my profession, to the honor of California--nay, America--to emphasize the importance of this competition. Quite a number of leading reviews eagerly expect my reports and criticisms. I hope that my own expectations will be fulfilled and that this competition will bring forward a plan which may fully reward the great exertions and generous expenditures made to create it. I sincerely wish that an American architect--Germans are not in it--may carry off the prize, and that in the near future his first creations can be reproduced in my work as the best examples of modern American architecture."


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