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Funding of Sound System

Based on the above estimate submitted to the Committees

on Appropriations in 1970, $105,000 was provided by the Congress

in the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 1971 (Public Law 91-382,

approved August 18, 1970), under the appropriation "Capitol Buildings, Architect of the Capitol."

De ferment of Project

In deference to the authority vested in your Commission

in the Legislative Reorganization Act, approved October 26, 1970, relating to changes in the galleries, we deferred action on the previously approved sound reinforcing system until the project

could be coordinated with any changes your Commission might approve

for the galleries generally - as indicated in my letter to you of April 13, 1971.

We have not used the $105,000 for other purposes but, at our request, the full amount has been continued available each year, the last legislation continuing the funds available until June 30, 1973.

Recommendation Relating to Sound System

If there is to be any prolonged delay in deciding upon other

changes in the galleries, I recommend that your Commission concur in our

proceeding with installation of the new sound system during the current

fiscal year. We have been advised by the sound consultants that the

sound system proposed would be adequate whether or not the glass barrier

is installed and that modifications to sound system would not be sub

stantial in the event it is decided later to install the glass enclosure. OTHER IMPROVED FACILITIES IN THE GALLERIES FOR VISITORS :

We have not engaged in study of the other items mentioned in

the Legislative Reorganization Act, but in accordance with your request,

we have concentrated our efforts on the proposal to enclose the galleries

and to improve the sound reinforcement system.

I am enclosing sufficient copies of this report and the

sketches so that a copy of each may be sent to each Member of your


I appreciate yout deep interest in these matters. Please

be assured that I am ready to cooperate with you and your Commission

and to assist you in any way you deem appropriate.


George M. White, FAIA
Architect of the Capitol

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