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with danger to their health. If the rotundo and old hall of representatives were heated in the manner proposed, there would be no great difference of temperature in any portion of the building. If the documents were provided for in another building, as has been already proposed, all the rooms under the old hall of representatives could be made available for committee-rooms, and could be heated by the apparatus for heating the rotundo and old hall of representatives.
Sundry repairs have been made to the roof and other portions of the building, the walls of several passages and stairways have been painted, and iron rainspouts are being placed in the court-yards.
Bills have been presented to the amount of $5,281 75, at this office for work done under the direction of B. B. French, esq., as Commissioner of Public Buildings, during the last fiscal year. As it was decided that these bills could not be paid out of monėys appropriated for the antual repairs of the Capitol for the ensuing year, an appropriation for that amount will be required to pay these deficiencies.
Amount expended from July 1, 1867, to October 31, 1867. Amount paid for labor and materials in putting in waterclosets, upper portion of House of Representatives.
$2,178 38 Amount paid for steam radiators for heating the Court of Claims and passages connected therewith....
1,025 00 Amount paid on rolls of mechanics, laborers, &c., for general repairs....
2, 025 36 Amount paid for paint and painting..
594 55 Amount paid for miscellaneous bills, such as copper, lumber, hardware, bricks, lime, sand, &c..
2, 417 94
8, 241 23
$12, 000 00
Cash account, annual repairs of the Capitol.
Capitol, water-closets, &c.
furnaces under the Capitol...
pipes with iron pipes...
3, 000 00
15, 500 00 8, 241 23
Amount expended from July 1,.1867, to October 31, 1867....
7, 258 77
An appropriation of $15,000 is required for the necessary repairs and improvements for the central portion of the building.
ENLARGEMENT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL LIBRARY. The wings have been completed, and the additional stairways supplied. New glass have been put in the inner skylight, and other improvements and repairs have been made to the principal room.
This work has been more extensive than was originally contemplated; the principal items being the enlargement of the north wing, and supplying additional shelving: There are over 4,000 lineal feet more shelving than was at first provided for. Some changes had to be made for the accommodation of the books
of the Smithsonian library, and in consequence of the expense attending these and other changes, the funds appropriated have not been sufficient to pay the claims. A balance is due the Architectural Iron Works Company of $5,922 46, for which deficiency an appropriation is asked.
Amount expended from October 31, 1866, to October 31, 1867. Amount paid to Architectural Iron Works Company.
$21, 502 40 Amount paid for skylig ts and painting in central room
2, 026 60 Amount paid for wire screens..
4, 875 00 Amount paid for plumbing and materials.
274 75 Amount paid on rolls of mechanics, laborers, &c....
2,561 96 Amount paid for miscellaneous bills, such as bricks, lumber, tile, hardware, &c.....
1, 412 97 Amount paid on account of steam-beating apparatus
3, 845 00
36, 498 68
Cash account, enlargement of the Congressional Library. Amount available October 31, 1866....
$31, 129 50 Amount appropriated March 2, 1867...
5, 260 00 Amount of proceeds of sale of iron railing and glass..
Amount expended from October 31, 1866, to October 31, 1867..
37, 008 69 36, 498 68
Leaving on the 31st October, 1867, an unexpended balance of..
SUPREME COURT ROOM. The court room, the law library, the office rooms, passages and stairways connected with the Supreme Court have been heated by means of steam. The old vertical skylight, which was defective and greatly marred the appearance of the eastern front, has been taken away and a new light provided, the frame of which is made of iron, and in which are placed small hexagonal lights set in with an elastic cement. It is believed that from the small size of these lights, and the peculiarity of the cement, leaks will be prevented.
If, after a trial, this light proves satisfactory, I recommend that similar ones be placed over the halls of Congress, in order to avoid the trouble and expense now experienced in keeping those now in use in good condition.
The ceiling and walls of the court room have been cleaned and painted, and the whole room has undergone a general renovation.
Amount expended from July 1, 1867, to October 31, 1867. Amount paid for steam heating apparatus....
$4, 750 00 Amount paid for new skylight, with iron frame.
2, 838 62 Amount paid for carving column caps and cleaning marble work... 640 00 Amount paid for plumbing and gas-fitting in cellar..
443 59 Amount paid on rolls of mechanics, laborers, &c.,...
4,624 12 Amount paid for miscellaneous bills, such as painting, hardware, lumber, brick, &c.....
1, 621 22
14, 917 55
Cash account, repairs to Supreme Court room, law library, fc. Amount appropriated March 2, 1867..
$15, 000 00 Amount expended from July 1, 1867, to October 31, 1867...... 14, 917 55
Leaving on the 31st October, 1867, an unexpended balance of....
NEW DOME. The stone stairway leading to dome has been repaired and covered with iron plates ; the floor of the first landing has been paved, and the necessary painting is being done.
This work is of such a character that it requires constant attention ; leaks and the corrosion of the iron require the services of painters constantly.
In accordance with the act approved March 2, 1867, the rotunda has been lighted by gas, in connection with the electric battery for lighting the dome. This work has been done by the eleetrician for the sum appropriated, $3,000.
Amount expended from October 31, 1866, to October 31, 1867. Amount paid for paint and painting....
$4, 666 87 Amount paid for repairing and cleaning eleetric instrument..
217 15 Amount paid on rolls of mechanics, laborers, &c. ...
1, 340 08 Amount paid for salaries of watehmen.....
881 33 Amount paid for miscellaneous bills, such as bricks, hardware, lumber, iron work, &c ...
7, 956 64
Cash account of the new dome.
$1, 539 59 15, 000 00
16, 539 59 Amount expended from October 31, 1866, to October 31, 1867.... 7,956 64 Leaving on the 31st of October, 1867, an unexpended balance of.. 8,582 95
An appropriation of $5,000 will be required to finish this work and to keep it in order during the next fiscal year.
EXTENSION OF THE CAPITOL GROUNDS. Over 141,000 loads of earth have been deposited in the cavity at the south of the Capitol, and the terraces at the north wing have been somewhat put in shape. It is desirable that the boundaries of the proposed extension of the grounds should be agreed upon, and authority given to open and pave the streets at the northern and southern limits, and to vacate A street north and south, so that the lower terraces can be finished.
In laying out the terraces, it is the intention to flag or pave the upper and narrow one, and to plant the lower and wide one.
In connection with these improvements, provision should be made for building stables for post office vehicles of the Senate and House, as the present stables must be moved before the grounds can be graded and planted. When the streets leading from Pennsylvania avenue to Capitol bill are laid out, there will be two triangular reservations at the north and southwestern corners of
these grounds, which will be sufficiently large for these stables and for the proposed document storehouses. If, however, it be deemed improper to obstruct these reservations with buildings, convenient sites might be purchased for this purpose.
In justice to the property holders in squares 687 and 688, an early decision should be made in relation to the incorporation of those squares in the public grounds. Several persons owning property in these squares have been deterred from making improvements, on account of the action of the Senate relating to the purchase of their property. In my judgment, these squares are indispensable to the proper completion of the Capitol grounds; and I consider the grounds, even with this addition, too limited. If they were extended to O streets north . and south, the Capitol would stand about in the centre of the grounds, whereas if B street should be the northern and southern limit, the lawn from the foot of the terrace will be very narrow.
Amount expended from July 1, 1867, to October 31, 1867. Amount paid for earth for filling.
$14, 133 60 Amount paid on rolls for labor...
5, 620 06 Amount paid for miscellaneous bills, such as shovels, picks, advertising, &c...
19, 972 44
Cash account, grading and filling United States Capitol grounds. Amount appropriated March 30, 1867.....
$20, 000 00 Amount expended from July 1, 1867, to October 31, 1867.... 19, 972 44
Leaving on the 31st October, 1867, an unexpended balance of...
An appropriation of $100,000 is required to continue this work for the next fiscal year.
PATENT OFFICE BUILDING. The marble work of the north portico has been completed, and the granite steps are now being set. The curb and coping stone are worked, and if the weather permits, will be set this season.
Amount expended from October 31, 1866, to Oetober 31, 1867. Amount paid for marble, dressing, and setting for north portico. $96, 066 02 Amount paid on rolls of watchmen, laborers, &c.....
4, 326 96 Amount paid for miscellaneous bills, such as lime, sand, cement, copper, bricks, &c. ...,
7, 445 06 Total ,...
107, 838 04
$54, 138 18 75, 000 00
129, 138 18 107,838 04
Leaving on the 31st October, 1867, an unexpended, balance of.
RECAPITULATION OF APPROPRIATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE FOREGOING WORKS.
United States Capitol extension
$125, 000 00 Annual repairs United States Capitol..
15, 000 00 Heating the rotundo, the old hall of representatives, and the offices and stairways connected therewith
15, 000 00 New dome of United States Capitol......
5, 000 00 Extension United States Capitol grounds..
100, 000 00 North front United States Patent Office building..
20, 000 00 For deficiencies : Annual repairs United States Capitol. ...
5,281 75 Enlargement Congressional Library....
5, 922 46 I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Architect United States Capitol Extension. Hon. O. H. BROWNING,
Secretary of the Interior,