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Corinthian capital
Date Issued: 1957-02-23
Postage Value: 3 cents

Commemorative issue
American Institute of Architects
Corinthian capital

Founded in New York in 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) initially was a club where architects could discuss their profession informally. AIA headquarters since 1898 has been in Washington, DC. For many years it was housed in the Octagon, a historic structure designed by Dr. William Thornton, a physician-turned-architect. The Octagon was a temporary executive mansion for James and Dolly Madison in the winter of 1814-1815. As a policy-making body, the AIA serves "the needs of, and improves the capability of, the nation's architects and to be of service to the safety and welfare of the public."

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