“[America’s] architectural shortcomings, however unimportant they may appear to the average layman, are beginning to distress the younger breed of our architects. Many of them have been to Europe, and having seen the masterpieces of their art, are not content to settle down to designing furniture or counting bricks for the rest of their lives….They all deem it essential to convert the public from its predilection for evil ways of building, and as a necessary preliminary, to clear up their own ideas about the better way. This is the cause the Architectural League has at heart….”
The above quote was from a meeting of the Architectural League of New York and published in The Century Magazine, March 1883. The commentary is still valid, over one hundred years later.