Art: Pantheon's Vis-a-Vis

Progressive architects regard the capital of the U. S. A. as a gleaming shirt front, dignified but stuffed. During its last great construction years the design of Government buildings was a monopoly of a few urbane neoclassicists, notably the late Cass Gilbert (Supreme Court, U. S. Chamber of Commerce) and the late John Russell Pope (Archives Building, National [Mellon] Gallery). Last week an open architectural competition brought forth the first modern design ever chosen for a national building in Washington. Its subject : a new Smithsonian Gallery of Art.

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