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16 THE SOUTHERN CHAPTER, A. I. A.

Southern States in regard to laws controlling the practice of
architecture, and it is necessary that we now appoint a time
to give these gentlemen a hearing, and I move that three
o'clock to-morrow evening be set as the time for this confer-
ence.

Which motion was unanimously carried.

At this point Mr. Bassett read an address from Mr. Hubner,
editor of ''The Southern Architect," who was unavoidably
prevented from attending:

GREETING OF THE SOUTHERN ARCHITECT.

To the Members of the Southern Chapter of the American Institute of
Architects in Annual Session al Birmingham, Alabama:

GENTLEMEN: No profession is more thoroughly identified with the
material progress of this section of our country, or more instrumental
in developing a taste for the beautiful in Art, than the men who honor
the profession of Architecture. No part of our great Republic has cause
to be prouder of its representative architects than the South. Along
with the wonderful progress of the Southern States since the war, in ma-
terial prosperity and industrial growth, wealth and power, there has
been apparent an encouraging development of the art-taste among our
people in its architectural side. This finds expression in numerous
grand public buildings and handsome private residences; and this
practical art-taste has been promoted and fostered by educated and ex-
perienced architects in our midst, whose wholesome influences and
whose respect for the classic models of their art, have largely contributed
in suppressing the vulgar and bizarre, and in bringing about
among our people the good taste increasingly expressing itself to-day
in the architectural appearance of our towns and cities, in public edifices
and private residences, as well as in the tasteful homes of our suburban
and rural districts.

In view of these facts it is certainly a gratifying spectacle to see, gath-
ered in this renowned and prosperous city, a body of men who are
co-workers in this grand work, who worthily represent their noble pro-
fession, and to whose labor, zeal, fidelity and culture, the remarkable
development of the art-taste of the New South, already alluded to, is
largely due.

The organization of the Southern Chapter of the American Institute
of Architects was a happy thought of those who conceived it, and the
results thereof have proved the wisdom of their conception, and its
practical value to the profession in the South. All honor is due to the
founders and promoters of this Chapter, and they will be held in grate-
ful remembrance as long as the beneficial influences of this organization
shall exist.

Beginning with a few zealous members, and under many disadvan-

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