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Art Competitions at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Mixed Architecture, Designs For Town Planning

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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: GBR John Hughes
Silver: DEN Jens Houmøller Klemmensen
Bronze: BEL André Verbeke

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 following\: 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.

British architect John Hughes won the gold medal for Designs for a Sports and Recreation Center with Stadium for Liverpool. Although his design was not realized, he designed St. Andrew's Gardens, an Art Deco inspired building, which has become a dormitory for the University of Liverpool. Among others, he worked together with the famous Liverpool architect Sir Lancelot Keay (1883-1974).

The silver medalist was Danish architect Jens Houmøller Klemmensen with his Design for a Stadium and Public Park, an art work which consisted of ink drawings on large wood panels. It represented an Olympic Stadium located near a bay, surrounded by many other sports facilities and a huge area for parking.

Design for a Marathon Park, which won the bronze medal, was the work of Belgian architect André Verbeke. Nothing is known about this work and his life.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 John Hughes 29 Great Britain GBR Gold Designs for a Sports and Recreation Center with Stadium for Liverpool
2 Jens Houmøller Klemmensen 30 Denmark DEN Silver Design for a Stadium and Public Park
3 André Verbeke 24 Belgium BEL Bronze Design for a Marathon Park
HM Ernest Hamlin Baker 43 United States USA
HM John Branner 45 United States USA
HM Ormsbee United States USA
HM Alois Dryák 60 Czechoslovakia TCH Design for the State Stadium of Strahov
HM Hermann Alker 47 Germany GER Design for the Karlsruhe High School Stadium
HM Martin Westerberg 40 Sweden SWE Design for a Community House in Stockholm
HM Louis Stynen 25 Belgium BEL Design for a Sporting Centre