APPOINTMENT OF COMMISION ON CONDITION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS

 

September 27, 1877

Washington D.C.

 

GENTLEMEN:  You are hereby appointed a commission to consider and report upon the condition of all public buildings in Washington, including those in process of construction or repair.  You are instructed to proceed, without unnecessary delay, to make a personal and thorough examination of all said buildings, and report as follows:

 

1.  The condition of each said buildings as to security against fire; and whether any, and, if any, which of them may be considered fire-proof.

 

2.  What, if anything, can be done without further legislation to insure greater security against loss or damage by fire.

 

3.  What action by Congress, if any, should be recommended with a view to place the public records now in said buildings beyond danger of destruction by fire.

 

4.  To what extent said buildings, or any of them, are endangered by the character of their contents, and what can be done to remove this danger.  And in this connection the commission will consider whether damage results from the use of any portion of said buildings for branches of the public service mechanical in their nature.

 

5.  What provision, if any, should be made for the custody and safety of files not in constant use.

 

6.  Such views and recommendations as may occur to you touching the general subject.

 

R.B. HAYES

 

To Lieut. Col. THOMAS L. CASEY,

 

Corps of Engineers,

 

I.G. HILL,

 

Architect of the Treasury, and

 

EDWARD CLARK,

 

Architect of the Capitol Extension