The American Architect and Building News Volume 67

The American Architect and Building News Volume 67

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...Nothing," replied the architect; " but a man must be a fool who cannot make a good living out of one public building." The second story will, perhaps, cast a. little light on the first. A very distinguished and experienced architect was once asked by a client if he would not, as a. favor, do his work for less than the regular five per cent. "Give me a little discount," said the client, " and you may get all you can out of the contractors." The architect laughed. "If you will put that in writing," he said to his client, "I will give you five per cent." It ought to be evident enough that an architect who takes perhaps two or three per cent commission from his client, and ten from the contractors, is a more expensive professional adviser than one who charges his client five per cent, and neither takes any money from the contractors nor allows them to steal any from his client, but it seems to be difiicult to persuade inexperienced people of this. In point of fact, where there is collusion between a dishonest architect and the contractor, a great deal more than ten per cent on the amount of the contracts is often paid to the former. We have repeatedly known twenty per cent on the amount of large contracts to be offered the architect for his influence in "throwing them in the way " of certain bidders; and, while such an offer to an architect of reputation would simply insure the award of the contract to some one else, it is easy to see that a dishonest one can without difiiculty bargain for a much larger share of the plunder. average committee-man may, perhaps, say that, as the bids for a building, or for work in it, are based on definite plans...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907310
  • 9781236907318