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Art Competitions at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Mixed Architecture, Architectural Designs

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 30, 1932
Date Finished: August 14, 1932

Gold: FRA Pierre Bailly
FRA Gustave Saacké
FRA Pierre Montenot
Silver: USA John Russell Pope
Bronze: GER Richard Konwiarz

Summary

There were 45 participants from 14 countries who took part in architecture with 56 exhibits. The architects were offered a wide range of possibilities. There were drawings, watercolors, perspective drawings, sketches and photographs of construction projects to be submitted, … whose ultimate purpose is related to the training exercises of sport, such as stadiums, sports grounds, playgrounds, covered lanes, club buildings, boat houses, gymnasiums, bathhouses etc., and meet high artistic standards.

The jury for architecture consisted of the persons Arthur Brown, Jr. (1874-1957), San Francisco; Myron Hunt (1868-1952), Palos Verdes Estates; Warren Powers Laird (1861-1948), Philadelphia, Frederick Heinrich Wilhelm Meyer (1872-1961), San Francisco and Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen (1873-1950), FIN / Detroit; all more or less known architects in the U.S.

It was quite amazing that the jury gave the gold medal to the community work of the three Parisian architects Gustave Saacké, Pierre Bailly and Pierre Montenot with their plan Design for a Circus for Toros, a bullring with many entry and exit paths, when one considers that a bullring has no significant connection to the Olympics Games.

American architect John Russell Pope earned the silver medal with Design for the Payne Whitney Gymnasium in New Haven. Pope had submitted 31 drawings and photographs of the school, which had already been built.

The bronze medal went to Richard Konwiarz for his Plan of Silesian Race Course. In 1932 he competed with the same work as 1928, again with photos of Wrocław Stadium, this time with more success. The Silesian-battle track, which is located in a large park on the outskirts of the city and has many sports facilities, later became the “Stadium Olimpijski we Wrocławiu,” although Wrocław has never tried to host the Olympic Games. After World War II Polish football matches and European matches involving Slask Wrocław were held in this stadium, but by 2014 only speedway racing is held there.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Gustave Saacké 47 France FRA Gold
1 Pierre Bailly 43 France FRA Gold
1 Pierre Montenot 47 France FRA Gold
2 John Russell Pope 58 United States USA Silver Design for the Payne Whitney Gymnasium in New Haven
3 Richard Konwiarz 49 Germany GER Bronze Plan of Silesian Race Course