Report of the Committee on Art and Architecture
Charles D. Watson
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Progress in concrete construction during the past year has been most notable along the lines of improvements in its appearance, to enable it to be used for face work in the higher classes of buildings where good architectural effect is essential. For many years the unsatisfactory appearance of structures built of this material has prohibited its use for facing of high-class structures, and this difficulty in th use of a material which is otherwise superior to the majority of other materials used for a similar purpose, on account of its durability, has long been lamented by architects and engineers. It has only been during the past two years that much real progress has been made in devising means to improve its appearance and to do away with this objection.