I take great pleasure in commending to the fayorable notice of the
interested public, this work of two former students in my office,
Messrs. Ono and Tsuda, as an interesting essay, showing quite a
remarkable of invention.
The plans and elevations, for various sorts of buildings, are worthy
of consideration and study by those who contemplate the erection of
such buildings. There is undoubtedly a growing interest in Architecture,
in this country, especially in the foreign style and, while one would
regret to see the entire decadence of the native styles, and their
substitution, too wholly, by the foreign, it is well to foster this interest
in every legitimate way, and it is a matter for congratulation to
the country that so many of her young men today are full ofthe spirit
of invention, and ,while not slavishly copying any particular foreign style,
have ready at hand, to such a degree, the alphabet of the more important styles. Experience will develope their taste and improve their judgment, as time goes on, and will help them to avoid certain incongruities in the spelling of their message, due to the frequent misuse of combinations and proportions.
These plans and designs are evidently meant, then,
to be suggestive, rather than to be followed closely, and, as such,
may be of value and use to students and to those interested
in the Art of Building, to whom they are commended.
J. McD. Gardiner,
Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 1910.