To J. J. P. Oud [Letter 294]

Item Reference Code: 002_06C_010_001

Date(s) of creation

January 29, 1947


J. J. P. Oud


J. P. Oud (1890–1963) was a Dutch architect, at one time considered one of the great architects of the modernist International school, along with van der Rohe, Gropius and Le Corbusier.

January 29, 1947 

Mr. J. J. P. Oud
Villeneuvesingel 29

Dear Mr. Oud: 

Thank you for your letter. I was interested to hear from you and pleased by your request for a copy of “THE FOUNTAINHEAD. 

Yes, of course, I know who you are and that you had a great deal to do with the birth of functional architecture. When I was doing research for my novel, I read many accounts of your work in the histories of modern architecture, and I have seen pictures of your very interesting buildings. 

Under separate cover, I am sending you a copy of “THE FOUNTAINHEAD. I shall consider it a privilege if you will accept it as a present from me, and I shall be interested to hear your reaction, after you have read it. 

With my best regards, 

Cordially yours,


Ayn Rand