Part 1, Chapter 3 Notes from The Fountainhead

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The Fountainhead Part 1, Chapter 3

It is the first day of Keating's job with Francon and Heyer in New York City, and he is given a set of plans to expand; he does so while wondering why he ever thought he could be an architect. He sees someone else working and finds motivation in the realization that he is the best. After lunch, he's told by a young man that Francon hasn't designed anything in years; all the designs are by Stengel. At Stengel's request, Peter brings a set of plans up to Francon for approval. Francon doesn't remember Keating's name; he calls him Kittredge until Keating corrects him. They talk about the plans, and at Keating's suggestion, decide that they should add an ornamented stringcourse to the structure. Keating leaves the room to send the new plans up to Stengel.

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The Frink National Bank Museum was built by Guy Francon in the classical style with white marble, but because of the dirt of the city, it has turned a greenish brownish rotten color. The Dana Building is quite different; designed by Henry Cameron, it is simple and looks like a warehouse, and every tenant is extremely happy with it because of its openness. When Henry Cameron first became known, he created a stir because he was so different. Other architects wanted to apologize for the height of a skyscraper, whereas he wanted to extend it, working with straight tall lines. Then the Columbian Exposition of Chicago came in 1893 and everything went back to the classics again; architects competed to steal from the best sources. His power had come from being feared, and no one feared him any longer, so he started drinking. Roark goes to see Cameron. Cameron is surprised, but drawn to Roark; he insults him and says he has much to learn. Roark agrees, and Cameron offers him a job.

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