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Architecture and Building

A CONSIDERATION OF THE MUTUAL RIGHTS
DUTIES AND LIABILITIES OF ARCHITECT
OWNER AND CONTRACTOR, WITH

APPENDICES AND FORMS.

BY

CLINTON H. BLAKE, JR., A.B., A.M., LL.B.

of the New York and Federal Bars

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SPECIAL INTRODUCTION

By AYMAR EMBURY II.,

(Member American Institute of Architects.)

Architects as a class are indisputably earnest and careful in their work, but very properly devote the most part of their attention to construction and design. The business end is to most of us incidental, and while we try to keep our accounts straight and our contracts in form, our legal rights and obligations and the legal rights and obligations of our clients and contractors receive far less consideration at our hands than they should.

Because of the attention which we pay to the construction, we do not very often erect unsafe buildings, but our handling of the legal and business end of our work has not been commensurately good. If we do not have more trouble with our contractors, our owners or our Building Departments, it is because of their complacence, and not because of our understanding of sound legal and business principles.

Conscious violations of the building law by architects are not frequent, yet they are by no means uncommon, and are often forced by the poorly written and untechnical statutes of many of our States. In my home town for example,

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