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A "Fete Charette" is to be given in Hemenway Gymnasium on Thursday, February 22, by the members of the University School of Architecture and the Department of Architecture and the Massachusetts Institute, of Technology. A definite historical period has been set, that of Mediaeval Constantinople, within which the setting of the ball, decorations and costumes, will be confined. The variety of costumes may, however, range throughout the entire body of characters who might conceivably have sojourned in Constantinople between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Italian Renaissance. Tickets may be procured either at Robinson Hall in Cambridge or the Rogers Building in Boston before February 22 for $3.00 a couple.
No tickets will be sold at the door, and no person will be admitted to the ball whose costume does not pass the censors, who will judge them on the basis of historical accuracy and artistic merit. The proceeds will be given to the decoration of a room in Robinson Hall, to be known as the Pen and Brush Club Common Room, and which will be shared with the Topiarian Club of the School of Landscape Architecture.
To Use Resources of 47 Workshop
For the decoration of Hemenway gymnasium as an Oriental scene Professor G. P. Baker '87 has put at the School's disposal all the scenic resources of the 47 Workshop. There will be elaborate lighting effects as well as solid decorations to accentuate the spirit of pageantry.
An actual pageant embodying the whole personnel of both schools will be given as well as several special features in "tableaux vivants" and vaudeville.
The idea was derived from a custom at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris of carrying the drawings from the draughting tables to the judgment room by means of a small push-cart--a charrette. . . so that when a student is particularly rushed with his work he is said to be working "en charrette". In America this means expending a great effort. In Paris once a year the Ecole gives a large entertainment called the "Fete d'Ecole" the idea of which the University School has enlarged upon with its "Fete Charrette".
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