3 Early American Architectural Treasures, Lost

#1 The Wabash Terminal - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  (1904 to 1954)

This uniquely shaped structure was built in 1904. Originally known as the George J. Gould’s Palace Depot and described as “The most beautiful railroad building west of New York” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It serviced railroad passenger traffic until 1931 and used as office space until it’s demolition in 1954. Unfortunately, it was partially destroyed by two fires in 1946 which made it virtually unusable.    

 

#2 Astor House Hotel - Manhattan, New York   (1834 to 1913)

Construction on this iconic hotel began July 4, 1834, and opened for business in June of 1836 as the Park Hotel. The building was designed by Isaiah Rogers who had designed Tremont House, in Boston, one of the first luxury hotels in the United States. Astor house was six stories tall and contained 309 rooms. Servant rooms were located on the sixth floor.  It was one of the first hotels to use gas lamps and the gas was produced in the hotel’s own plant. Most citizens of this era were still using candles, in fact, a number of guests were asphyxiated when instead of turning off the gas to extinguish the flame, they blew it out causing their untimely death in the night. Along with modern gas lamps, there were bathing and toilet facilities for each floor in which water was pumped by steam engines.  The hotel enjoyed a rich history of serving dignitaries as well as ultra-rich and famous members of high society. Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, James Polk, Martin Van Buren, The Prince of Wales, the Grand Duke Alexis, the Prince de Joinville, Sam Houston as well as Charles Dickens were known to have slept here.
Despite a petition with over 5,000 signatures from New Yorkers who wanted to save the beloved hotel, everything within its walls was sold off and the structure was demolished in 1913, a mere 77 years after the cornerstone was placed.

 

#3 Garrick Theatre - Chicago, Illinois  (1891-1961)

The Schiller Theater Building was designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler of the firm Adler & Sullivan for the German Opera Company. At the time of its construction, it was one among the tallest buildings in Chicago. Its centerpiece was a 1300-seat theater, which is considered by architectural historians to be one of the greatest collaborations between Adler and Sullivan.

The theatre opened in 1891as the Schiller Theatre and was originally projected to be used for German-language operas and cultural events.

There were a few name changes throughout its history. Briefly called the Dearborn Theater from 1898 to1903 and settling upon Garrick Theater afterward. It was converted into a movie theater in the 1930’s and became a television studio in 1950 only to return to screening movies in 1957.

The Garrick was demolished in 1961 and replaced by a parking structure. It’s demolition instigated widescale preservation efforts from the native Chicagoans one of the first of its era. Fortunately, some of its artifacts and ornaments were salvaged during its demolition. One such relic, a portion of the arcade was integrated into the façade of The Second City’s theater in Chicago.

Other great architectural masterpieces still stand amidst the steel and glass of today’s modern buildings. Their future remains uncertain, hopefully, many will be preserved and allowed to remain standing as a proud reminder of the architectural history of our great nation.


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Montana Architect License Renewal Deadline June 30th

When is my Montana architect license due for renewal?

June 30th, every year

What are the Montana architect renewal requirements?

In order to meet State licensing requirements, you must complete 12 Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) hours of state-approved continuing education annually by December 31st. 

You can meet those requirements by taking online courses through an approved education provider. Be sure to keep a copy of your certificates of completion in a safe place. You may need them later if you're audited. 

How do I renew my Montana architect license?

Once you've completed the required continuing education, you may renew your license online at the Montana Department of Labor & Industry website. The renewal fee is $55. 

Do I need to complete continuing education for my AIA membership?

Yes, AIA members need to complete 18 learning unit hours including 12 hours of HSW each year.

What happens if my Montana architect license lapses?

If your license has lapsed you must pay all renewal and late fees as well as complete the appropriate education. Licenses that have lapsed more than two years, need to reapply for licensure. 

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Kansas Architect License Renewal Guide

Kansas Architects : Last Names from A-L Its time to Renew by June 30th 2018!

How do I renew my Kansas architect license?

  1. Complete 30-hours of continuing education.
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $70 renewal fee

What are the Continuing Education Requirements for Kansas architects?

Kansas architects must complete a minimum of 30 continuing education hours by June 30th of even-numbered years if your last name begins with letters A-L and odd-numbered years for last names M-Z.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW). Architects Training Institute offers a 30-hour continuing education package that meets all state and AIA requirements.

I have extra Kansas architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Carry-over hours are allowed. A maximum of 30 PDHs may be carried forward into the next renewal period. Carry-over hours must be documented if audited.  You must list ALL 30 plus PDHs on the Continuing Education Report Form for carry-over hours and attach documentation in the same order as listed on the form.

Who notifies Kansas of my architect continuing education?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the state.  You must keep your records for at least 4 years. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Where can I find Kansas architect continuing education?

Architects Training Institute offers online courses in video and full narration. All courses are Kansas approved while courses packages are approved by the state of Kansas and the AIA.

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Minnesota Architect Renewal Requirements

How do I renew my Minnesota architect license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education including 2-hours of professional ethics.
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $120 renewal fee

What are the  Continuing Education Requirements for Minnesota architects?

Minnesota architects must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours including 2-hours of Professional Ethics by June 30th of even-numbered years.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW). Architects Training Institute offers a 24-hour continuing education package that meets all state and AIA requirements.

I have extra Minnesota architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Yes, you may carry-over a maximum of 12 hours to the next two-year cycle for hours obtained above and beyond the required 24 hours. You will still need to keep documentation of the activities you carry-over in your files in case of an audit.  If you are carrying-over continuing education credits for the next renewal cycle, you will need to keep that documentation for at least two years after the cycle the hours are applied to.

Who notifies Minnesota of my architect continuing education?

Licensees are required to report the total number of hours on your renewal form – either online or paper.  Records and supporting documentation need to be kept for a period of two years after submission to the Board.  If you are selected for audit, you will be contacted and asked to submit supporting documentation of your reported activities. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6-years at no extra cost.

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Maryland Architect Renewal FAQ

What are the continuing education requirements for Maryland architects?

Maryland architects must complete a minimum of 24 HSW continuing education hours every two years by the anniversary of initial licensure.

How do I renew my Maryland architect license?

You will receive a renewal notice approximately 60 days before your license expires. Before renewing you must:

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $76 renewal fee
  3. Enter your registration number exactly as it appears on your data card.

NOTE: You will be charged a $100 late fee in addition to the $76 renewal fee if you do not renew your license on time.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Maryland architect license?

Yes.

I have extra Maryland architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

No, learning units must be completed in their respective cycle.

Where can I find classes to renew my Maryland architect license?

Architects Training Institute offers online HD video & fully narrated courses for license renewal. All classes are approved by Maryland and course packages are approved by the state and the AIA.

Who notifies Maryland of my architect continuing education?

The licensee must submit their own continuing education to the state. Architects Training Institute will provide a printable certificate of completion immediately after course completion.  You must keep your records for at least 2 years, a CPC Reporting form can be found here. Random audits are conducted after renewal application is received. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no additional cost.

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Architect Specialties: Standing Out from the Crowd

Architecture is a profession with options. You can work on many different projects, from a small home design to a town mall or even the whole city.  As an architect, you are a designer and a developer. The skills and artistic sense you hold as an architect makes you capable of being a jack of all trades, or you can be a specialist in a specific field. Let’s take a closer look at your specialty options.

  • Residential Architect
    Residential architects deal with clients who would like to have their own customized homes designed. They take note of their specific requirements and start to design the plans. They estimate the costs of materials and services, as well as the time needed to complete the construction and finishing.
  • Commercial Architect
    A commercial architect is responsible for the designing of a building that is not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing as well.   They specialize in non-residential buildings, this specialty requires not only engineering, construction, and artistic skills, it will also require full awareness of building codes, safety regulations, and construction costs.
  • Interior Designer
    Interior Designers have great knowledge of materials, fabrics, colors, and basics in furniture design. Some architects prefer to work on the larger scale and not to get involved with the smaller details, while others, prefer to do the interior design for their own projects.
  • Green Design Architect
    The role of Green Design Architects has become increasingly essential since the changes in climate and the steep decline in non-renewable energy resources. They are responsible for making eco-friendly, energy efficient, appealing architectural designs. They continuously work on innovating effective green design. These architects should be knowledgeable in fields like aerodynamics, sun, and shading, as well as properties of materials.
  • Landscape Architect
    Landscape architecture focused on outdoor spaces like parks, gardens, and public spaces. Landscape architects focus on designing these spaces to be efficient, engaging, and balanced with the surrounding environment. They decide the locations for buildings, walkways, greenery, and other hardscape elements. They also choose the materials for the walkways and the types of trees and shrubs for the green areas. So they need to have a background in the science of urban horticulture. They should be aware of the suitable materials and plants for different climates and uses.
  • Urban Designer
    Urban Design is a broad subject that brings in other specializations like building architecture, landscape design, and green design. Urban designers oversee the grouping of buildings, designing paths, and street networks. So, they give the city its shape and sense of order. They can design cities from scratch or develop existing ones. Urban designers additionally face a wider range of issues that have to do with the economy, politics, and culture. They, also, must be in touch with the communities they serve who are their actual clients.
  • Industrial Architect
    If you are an industrial architect, you will focus on industrial facilities. The design of an industrial facility can be vital to its functionality. They need a suitable envelope that aids the flow of the industrial process taking place inside, and that is what Industrial Architects specialize in. If you have a passion for an envelope, this may be a great fit for you.

Finding Your Way
Studying architecture opens many doors to different paths. They all require hard work, dedication, and creativity. No one said deciding on a specialty will be easy.

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Iowa Architect License Renewal and Continuing Education FAQ

How do I renew my Iowa architect license?

  • Must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours every two years
  • Individuals with the last name ending A-K must renew by June 30 of even-numbered years, and individuals with the last name ending L-Z must renew by June 30 of odd-numbered years. 

What are Iowa continuing education guideline requirements?

24 state hours in HSW subjects.

When is my Iowa architect license due for renewal?

Every two years and must be renewed in June based upon the first letter of your last name.

Where do I find classes to renew my Iowa architect license?

Architects Training Institute meets all your requirements and offers printable certificates of course completion. All classes have HD video, full narration, and printable text.  

Who submits my Iowa architect continuing education?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the state and must keep records for at least 4 years. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6 years at no extra cost.

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Texas Architect License Renewal And Continuing Education FAQ

How do I renew my Texas architect license?

  • Complete 12 hours of continuing education
  • Renew your license online or by mail and pay the appropriate renewal fee--$108 for residents and $200 for non-residents.

What are Texas continuing education guideline requirements?

Texas architects must complete a minimum of 12 Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), including 1 hour of sustainable design and 1 hour of accessibility standards each calendar year.

When is my Texas architect license due for renewal?

Licenses must be renewed the following June every year.

Where do I find classes to renew my Texas architect license?

Architect Training Institute meets all your requirements and offers printable certificates upon course completion. All classes have HD video, full narration, and printable text.  

Who submits my Texas architect continuing education?

Texas does not require architects or continuing education providers notify the state of continuing education unless they perform an audit. Architects must maintain continuing education records for 5 years in case of an audit. Architects Training Institute will store your continuing education records for 6 years at no extra cost.

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Hawaii Architect License Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my Hawaii architect license?

All online renewals must be submitted through “MyPVL”, and renewal postcard reminders have been mailed out. On-time renewals for the licensing period ends midnight on April 30, 2018.

What are Hawaii architect continuing education requirements?

Architects in Hawaii are required to complete 16 HSW by April 30th of even-numbered years. AIA members must complete 18 learning unit hours including 12 HSW annually.

When is my Hawaii architect license due for renewal?

Architect license renewals are due biennially by April 30th of every even-numbered year. 

Failure to renew by the deadline will result in the forfeiture of your license. A forfeited license may be restored within two years, subject to meeting restoration requirements. Failure to restore a forfeited license within two years will result in the termination of the license. You will be required to apply as a new applicant and meet current licensing requirements.  

Where do I find classes to renew my Hawaii architect license?

Architects Training Institute offers online continuing education to fulfill your state or AIA requirements. 

Who submits my Hawaii architect continuing education?

CE documentation is not required to be submitted with your renewal application but it is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the state.

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Tennessee Architect License Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my Tennessee architect license?

  1. Complete the appropriate continuing education.
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $140 renewal fee. 

What are Tennessee continuing education guideline requirements?

  • 1st Renewal: Tennessee architects must complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education—including 7-hours of HSW by the end of the month two years after licensure.
  • Subsequent Renewals: Tennessee architects must complete a minimum of 24-hours of continuing education including 12 hours of HSW by the end of the month two years after licensure. 

When is my Tennessee architect license due for renewal?

The end of the month of initial licensure, every two years. 

Where do I find classes to renew my Tennessee architect license?

Architects Training Institute offers Tennessee and AIA-approved continuing education that meets all your requirements and includes printable certificates upon course completion. 

Who submits my Tennessee architect continuing education?

Tennessee does not require architects or continuing education providers to notify the state of continuing education unless they perform an audit. Architects must maintain continuing education records for 4-years in case of an audit. Architects Training Institute will store your store continuing education records for 6-years at no extra cost.

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