Art Center sketch by Caleb Hornbostel, 1938
Caleb Hornbostel completed this sketch on February 20, 1938 before joining with Richard M. Bennett to enter Wheaton’s art center architectural competition. The sketch depicts a building that closely resembles the winning design submitted to the competition. The only dramatic difference between the two is the angling of one wing in the design that won top prize. The most interesting aspect of the sketch is the fact that it was drawn shortly after the public announcement of the competition, before Hornbostel joined Bennett, and thus before they could collaborate on designing the center from the inside out. Function is a key principle of Modernist design. Therefore, in creating a design before considering the building’s specific interior functions, Hornbostel may have been stretching the limits of Modernism.