Andersen, Hendrick Christian [Hrsg.]; Hébrard, Ernest M. [Hrsg.]
Creation of a world centre of communication — Paris, 1913

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The Conservatorium of Music stands with its principal facade facing the
Fountain. In front runs a large gallery serving as a promenade. At the two
ends are pavilions. One of these is planned to lodge an Historical Museum
of Music. In the centre a spacious vestibule has immediate access into the
lobby of a theatre or small auditorium capable of seating some i $00 people.
This theatre was designed in order to give a public hearing to all the best works
produced by the students in symphony, opera or the drama. Moreover the
student of the drama might here have the opportunity of hearing from time
to time the works of the great world dramatists, as well as concerts and operas,
thus enabling him to become familiar with the earliest as well as the most
modern masterpieces in both arts.

Three groups of buildings in the rear, forming a quadrangle, and reached
by a large corridor, contain Conference Halls, Lecture Rooms and Professors'

The Students' Work-Rooms are not in the principal building but in the
gardens laid out in the rear. In accordance with a principle now generally
adopted in all institutions of higher learning, the students' tranquillity and
freedom are ensured by separating their studies from the building in which they
unite for lectures, teaching, rehearsals, etc. Two groups of work-rooms face
one another amid sheltering foliage, beyond the avenue which runs in the
rear of the schools. One is reserved for students of singing, the other for
students of the drama. The students of instrumental music have a special
building on the left of the Conservatorium.

Not far from these, and set in a natural background of foliage, with a
row of columns in front, there nestles in the greenery an amphitheatre for
the production of music and the drama, somewhat on the lines of, and inspired
by, the ancient Greek theatres. Close to the side door of the Temple on
the left is a Conference Hall, dedicated to public lectures.


The Fine Arts Library, intended to contain as complete a collection as
possible of musical and dramatic compositions as well as of works dealing
with all branches of the Fine Arts, is placed on the other side of the Conser-
vatorium of Music. It is a rectangular structure, with a wing extending forward
as far as the Conservatorium. The centre of the building is occupied by a
very large, oval-shaped reading-room, surrounded bv fire proof store-rooms.
A spacious rectangular room adjoining the reading-room is intended for


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