Architectural League Founded


Above: Minutes from the first meeting of the Architectural League held on January 18, 1881 (Click for complete set of pages)

“The popular feeling among the body of architectural workmen, especially the younger members of the profession, has recently been inclining strongly toward the opinion that an opportunity to reach a higher standard of work is necessary, and an association has been formed having in view the attainment of this end….No branch of art covers a wider field than architecture; no branch ministers more to the comfort, luxury, and convenience of the people, yet none receives less attention and encouragement from public sources in America….The Association met at the room of the Salmagundi Club, on Tuesday, January 18th, and took steps toward holding a public exhibition.” The Critic, January 29, 1881