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Art: Columbus Light

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In the presence of President Getulio, Vargas of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro diplomatic corps, three judges—a U. S. citizen, a Uruguayan, a Finn—passed on ten final sets of plans from Great Britain, the U. S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, for a memorial lighthouse to Christopher Columbus in Santo Domingo. When they agreed, they gave the $10,000 prize and a contract for his design to a 24-year-old Briton, one J. L. Cleave of Nottingham.

Judges admitted last week that the final factor in awarding the several-million-dollar-contract to young Architect Gleave was that his design alone was earthquake proof: an 800-ft.-long cruciform ramp of solid masonry from the top of which a blood-red cross will be projected into the sky as an air beacon.

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