1814. Paperback. (ARCHITECTURE-WASHINGTON, DC) (LEWIS, Joseph, Jr.) REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE TWENTIETH ULT. TO INQUIRE INTO THE EXPEDIANCY OF REBUILDING, OR REPAIRING THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS, IN THE CITY OF WASHINGTON; AND WHETHER IT IS EXPEDIENT TO MAKE ANY CHANGE IN THE SITES OF SAID BUILDINGS. Washington: Roger C. Weightman, 1814. 8vo. Self wrappers. 4 pages. [Shaw & Shoemaker, 33403]. Scarce early Washington imprint. Following the British attack, and burning, of Washington D.C. in August of 1814 Congress was forced to evaluate the costs and logistics of rebuilding the public buildings of the nation's capitol. This early government document was published by order of the House of Representatives of a report by the Chairman of the select committee of the House of Representatives on the District of Columbia, on the state of the several government buildings in Washington - especially the Capitol, the President's House, and other government buildings. The report was presented to the House of Representatives by Joseph Lewis, Jr. of Virginia and was read into the Congressional Record on December 21, 1814. The committee's goal was to determine if the ruins of the public buildings were capable of being re-used and rebuilt within their walls or whether to recommend moving the capital elsewhere. The reports from several architects verified that the walls of the Capitol and President's House were strong and able to be reused. They also indicated that the vaulting under the main buildings was largely intact for rebuilding. The focus of the report was the cost involved and the committee recommended borrowing $500,000.00 from local Washington banks to fund the projected rebuilding. Untrimed, some soiling and foxing. Good. (Inventory #: 39703)
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