"The Talka School of 1928, which is the first recorded project done by Fathy after his graduation from architectural school, is the unmistakable product of a classical, Beaux Arts education. Only fragmentary details remain to show the young architect's concern with the niceties of a well proportioned monumental stair flanked by Doric columns and capped with fretwork , dentils and acrotyrion."
Steele, James. 1989. The Hassan Fathy Collection. A Catalogue of Visual Documents at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Bern, Switzerland: The Aga Khan Trust for Culture.