Talk:Daniel Burnham

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Source for famous Burnham quote "Make no small plans"[edit]

I was surprised by the text in the current Daniel Burnham article (9-21-06) that the famous quote was not directly attributable to him. I contacted the reference librarian at the Chicago Public Library, and they provided the complete quote and citation.

If someone can add this to the article, that would be great:

In the Charles Moore (1855-1942) biography of Daniel Burnham and the Charles Henry Wacker (1856-1929 ) newspaper interview identified below, Daniel Burnham is directly quoted as saying:

"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized. Make big plans, aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty."

The MacMillan Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Famous Phrases attributes the quote to Daniel Burnham and cites the Wacker interview.

Sources: Abbot, Willis J. "How Chicago Is Making Its Vision of Civic Splendor a Reality Is Told by Man Who Led in Project That Proves Economic Value of 'Mere Beauty' : Story of Commerical City's Education in Aesthetics Recited by Charles H. Wacker : Chicago Plan Commission's Former Head Shows How Transformation Has Been Wrought - Ideal Improvements, Once Pictured, Became Visible Goals of Community Endeavo - Were Even Taught In Schools." Christian Science Monitor, 18 January 1927; page 8.

Moore, Charles. "Daniel H. Burnham, Architect, Planner of Cities." Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1921; Volume 2; Chapter XXV "Closing in 1911-1912;" Page 1921.

Stevenson, Burton Egber. "MacMillan Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Famous Phrases." New York, Macmillan 1948; Page 1806. RCDiamond 22:17, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

It's rather amazing that this mistake ("no evidence") could be left in for so long. I'll put both sources in as references. It's also rather puzzling as people tend to make up short quotes, but this one is rather long. Smallbones(smalltalk) 00:21, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Filene's building[edit]

Press reports about the impending redevelopment of the Filene's flagship store in Downtown Crossing, Boston, describe the main 1912 structure as Burnham's "last major commission". Can anyone confirm this? If so, it should probably be added to the list of notable buildings, as it's on the National Register. 121a0012 04:58, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

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