Art: Office Boy

Last January nearly 600 novice architects began work on the preliminary problem for the 25th annual $4,000 Paris prize of Manhattan's Society of Beaux-Arts Architects. All but eight of these were eliminated on the second problem, and in April all but four. The four were told to design an opera house, were put into four small cubicles in the Beaux-Arts Institute. They were isolated, put on their honor not to communicate with each other, given ten weeks to finish.

Finalist Richard H. Granelli, 25, a self-taught office boy, had won one of the...

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