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PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

No. 7

HEARINGS

STANFORD
LIBRARIES
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BEFORE

THE COMMITTEE ON
PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEVENTIETH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

H. R. 13665
A BILL TO PROVIDE A BUILDING
FOR THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

S. 4035
A BILL AUTHORIZING CONVEYANCE TO THE CITY OF HARTFORD
CONNECTICUT, OF TITLE TO SITE AND BUILDING OF THE
PRESENT FEDERAL BUILDING IN THAT CITY

H. R. 5952
A BILL FOR THE RELIEF OF ROBERT MICHAEL WHITE

S. J. Res. 50
PROVIDING THAT THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE BE DIRECTED
TO GIVE NOTICE THAT ON AND AFTER JANUARY 1, 1929, THE

GOVERNMENT WILL CEASE TO MAINTAIN A PUBLIC
MARKET ON PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE BETWEEN
SEVENTH AND NINTH STREETS, NORTHWEST

H. R. 12290
A BILL TO DESIGNATE A BUILDING SITE FOR THE NATIONAL

CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC OF AMERICA

AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEVENTIETH CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION

RICHARD N. ELLIOTT, Indiana, Chairman J. WILL TAYLOR, Tennessee.

FRITZ G. LANHAM, Texas. DANIEL A. REED, New York.

EDWARD B. ALMON, Alabama. W.F. KOPP, Iowa.

JOHN H. KERR, North Carolina. GALE H. STALKER, New York.

JEFF BUSBY, Mississippi. · CHARLES BRAND, Ohio.

CLIFTON A. WOODRUM, Virginia. CLARENCE J. MCLEOD, Michigan.

EDWARD E. ESLICK, Tennessee. ED. M. IRWIN, Illinois.

CHARLES G. EDWARDS, Georgia. FREDERICK W. DALLINER, Massachusetts. WILLIAM W. COHEN, New York. HENRY L. BOWLES, Massachusetts. FREDERICK W. MAGRADY, Pennsylvania. J. HOWARD SWICK, Pennsylvania. JOE CRAIL, California.

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PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS—NO. 7

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS,

Wednesday, May 16, 1928. The committee met at 10.30 o'clock a. m., Hon. Richard Elliott (chairman) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. Gentlemen, the committee will be in order. We have met this morning to take up for consideration H. R. 13665, to provide a building for the Supreme Court of the United States. That bill, and also H. Ř. 13242, for the same purpose, will be made a part of the record.

(The bills referred to are as follows:)

(H. R. 13242, Seventieth Congress, first session)

A BILL To provide a building for the Supreme Court of the United States Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That a suitable building for the accommodation of the Supreme Court of the United States shall be erected upon the site heretofore authorized for that purpose. The exterior of such building shall be of a type of architecture and material, and the building so situated on the site, as to harmonize with the present buildings of the Capitol group.

SEC. 2. There is hereby created a commission to be known as the “United States Supreme Court Building Commission,” and to be composed of the Chief Justice of the United States, the chairman and the ranking minority member of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds of the Senate, and the chairman and the ranking minority member of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds of the House of Representatives, and the Architect of the Capitol. Notwithstanding the expiration of a Congress, any Representative who is a member of the commission, if reelected, shall continue to serve thereon until a successor is selected by the organization of the House of Representatives of the succeeding Congress.

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the commission (a) to procure plans, specifications, and estimates of cost for the construction of such building. (including approaches, connections with Capitol Power Plant, and architectural landscape treatment of the grounds), and for the appropriate furnishing and equipment thereof; (b) after the approval of plans, specifications, and estimates of cost, to submit' estimates of appropriations for the construction, equipment, and furnishing of such building, and improvement of the grounds; and (3) to provide for the erection, equipment, and furnishing of such building and the improvement of the grounds, within the limits of the appropriations or contract authorizations granted by Congress therefor.

SEC. Ă. The Architect of the Capitol shall also serve as executive officer of the commission and shall perform such services in connection with this Act as the commission may direct; and for that purpose is authorized, with the approval of the commission, (a) to enter into any contract or contracts necessary for any of the purposes of this Act; (b) to employ personal services, including consulting architects, engineers, and assistants, and other professional services, notwithstanding the provisions of any other act; (c) to purchase any plans, designs, specifications, material, supplies, equipment, and accessories as may be essential; and (d) to make expenditures for travel, subsistence, supplies, and such other miscellaneous purposes as are necessarily incident to any of such work.

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SEC. 5. When title to the site for such building has been vested in the United States, the Secretary of the Treasury, upon request of the commission, shall provide for the demolition and removal of any structures thereon as expeditiously as the terms of any existing leases or other conditions will permit.

Sec. 6. Such appropriations and contract authorizations as may be required for carrying out the purposes of this act are hereby authorized and appropriations made pursuant to this

$ act shall be disbursed by the disbursing officer of the Department of the Interior under the direction of the executive officer of the commission.

Sec. 7. Upon the completion of such building and the settlement of all accounts in connection therewith, the commission authorized by section 2 hereof shall cease to exist.

SEÇ. 8. The Architect of the Capitol shall be the custodian of the United States Supreme Court Building and the grounds thereof. He shall supervise and provide for (a) the guarding, maintenance, and operation of the building, and the protection and upkeep of the grounds; (b) all necessary improvements and repairs of the building and the mechanical plant in connection therewith; and (c) the maintenance, repair, and replacement of all furniture and equipment in the nature of permanent fixtures. The employees required for the performance of the duties prescribed by this section shall be appointed by the Architect of the Capitol.

[H. R. 13665, Seventieth Congress, first session)

A BILL To provide a building for the Supreme Court of the United States Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That a suitable building for the accommodation of the Supreme Court of the United States shall be erected upon the site heretofore authorized for that purpose. The exterior of such building shall be of a type of architecture and material, and the building so situated on the site, as to harmonize with the present buildings of the Capitol group.

SEC. 2. There is hereby created & commission to be known as the “United States Supreme Court Building Commission,” and to be composed of the Chief Justice of the United States and an Associate Justice to be designated by the 'court, the chairman and the ranking minority member of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds of the Senate, and the chairman and the ranking minority member of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds of the House of Representatives, and the Architect of the Capitol. Notwithstanding the expiration of a Congress, any Representative who is a member of the commission, if reelected, shall continue to serve thereon until a successor is selected by the organization of the House of Representatives of the succeeding Congress.

SEC. 3. It shall be the duty of the commission to appoint and employ, at an adequate compensation, an architect of established national reputation (a) to prepare ans, ecifications, and estimates of cost for the construction of such building (including approaches, connections with the Capitol Power Plant, and architectural landscape treatment of the grounds), and for the appropriate furnishing and equipment thereof; (b) after the approval of plans, specifications, and estimates of cost to submit estimates of appropriations for the construction, equipment, and furnishing of such building, and improvement of - the grounds; and (3) to provide for the erection, equipment, and furnishing of such building and the improvement of the grounds, within the limits of the appropriations or contract authorizations granted by Congress therefor. After the approval of the plans, as provided in this section, the architect selected by the commission shall supervise and direct the construction of such building and its equipment, subject to the supervision of the commission. He may employ personal services, including those of consulting architects, engineers, and assistants, and other professional services, notwithstanding the provisions of any other act, all subject to the approval of the commission.

Sec. 4. The Architect of the Capital shall serve as executive officer of the commission and shall perform such services in connection with this act as the commission may direct and for that purpose is authorized with the approval of the commission, and the architect to enter into any contract or contracts necessary for any of the purposes of this act; to purchase material, supplies, equipment, and accessories as may be essential to carry out the plans approved; and shall direct expenditures for travel, subsistence, supplies, and such other miscellaneous purposes as are necessarily incident to any of such work.

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