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This short-lived partnership of Albert Kelsey and Paul P. Cret appears to have begun in order to enter the competition for the Pan American Building in Washington, DC and represents Paul Cret's initial effort at entering one of the many national competitions available to architects in the early twentieth century. In the case of the Pan American Building, the partners were successful and carried off the plum commission.

On the surface this seems like an odd pairing of architects: Paul P. Cret, French-born and trained, with Albert Kelsey, the consummate organizations man. However, their abilities meshed nicely; and the sometime partnership entered several national competitions.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

 

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