Imatges de pÓgina

24,000 cubic feet of 30 feet stock
8,000 cubic feet of 50 feet and 100 feet stock.





Total cost as originally estimated .... Increase by base and belt courses of basement by

washers, bevelled work, rebates, sinkages in

same story.... Increase by rebates, window sills, and lintels on

rear Increase by moulded work in entrance, second and

third stories.... Panels between antæ Increased hammering




Beds ...


Total. .....



Columns, capitals, and arbitraves in basement; stairways, plates, and

steps in interior; balcony, plates and ceiling plates in east and west porticos:

The whole of these items in fourteen large columns and caps with architraves, and all stones of very large dimensions, were not included in the synopsis of 1855. There was no plan of basement at the time the synopsis was prepared. Inside architraves, sills, columns, and caps.

$30,893 82 Well-hole plates and stairways. .

36,907 29 Balcony and ceiling plates for east and west portico... 5,823 08 Architrave, stone, and facing inside of buttresses .. 1,927 36

75,551 55


This change of plan, with its estimate of cost, was submitted to you in December, 1859, and approved.

This change dispensed with four columns, with their caps and bases, and the architraves and ceiling over the same. Decrease in cost thereby, $15, 230.

In addition, there is dispensed with, by reason of this change, $3,898 work of architraves, which may be used in other wings.

These stones, with others, amounting to $2,102, have been ordered and paid for on account of south wing, and appear in the tables, but will be transferred to other wings, amounting to $6,000.


From increase of quantities in the table
From increase of quantities not in the table..

$24,410 75,552


Less architraves and other stones that may be used in the

other wings.



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Amount of original estimate, as follows:
Cornice and architraves
Columns with caps and bases, and caps and bases

of antæ



Antæ in three stories.
Work in basement and between antæ.
Steps and platforms ...
Cost of buttresses, $12,031; balustrade, $18,150.

107,563 48,650 49.416

7,746 30,181

Estimated amount of granite per south wing by relative

quantities ...


Changes, alterations, and additions, as follows: Cornice, architraves, and columns with caps and bases,

and bases of anta-cost of change Deficiency in estimated quantities ..

37,015 24,411

Less architraves

61, 426 6,000

55, +26

Anta-cost of change

Deficient quantities

$73, 145



Face-work of basement and between antæ-cost of

change Interior and other work, in addition to estimated cost ... Caps to lengthen columns ..

87,544 75,552 1,310


Less by decreased amount of steps, platforms, and balus




All of which is respectfully submitted.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,


Engineer in charge, Treasury Department. Hon. HOWELL COBB, Secretary of the Treasury.

Whereas there has for some time existed a inisunderstanding between the engineer in charge and the contractors for the granite of the Treasury extension, as to whether or not the large buttress caps for the south portico, made and delivered in one piece, should be estimated for under that clause of the contract which requires that “stones of greater width than three times their thickness an additional price of twenty-five (25) per cent. shall be paid for each additional three (3) inches in width,” making the said stones amount to thirty-five thousand two hundred and sixteen dollars and forty-seven cents ($35,216 47) each for the rough stock: Now, therefore, it is mutually agreed by and between the undersigned, for value received, and in consideration of the premises, and of the settlement this day made of some minor existing disagreements, that the said buttress caps shall be received and paid for by the department, and that the similar caps for the remaining porticos of the building, (if such should be hereafter ordered,) shall be delivered upon the site of the building by the contractors, at a point indicated by the superintendent, for the round sum of fifty-five hundred dollars ($5,500) each, and that the dressing of the style of hammering known as No. 1 shall be computed at ($2) two dollars per superficial foot, the dressing of moulded portions thereof, at the exact price fixed by the contract, of seven dollars and sixty cents ($7 60) per foot.

This is to be deemed and taken to be the agreed upon and adjudi. cated rate, governing not only those that are delivered, but those which may hereafter be ordered.

In witness whereof, we have signed our names and affixed our seals hereunto this twenty-fourth day of May, A. D. eighteen hundred and sixty.


Acting Engineer in charge.



Office of Construction, February 12, 1861. Sir: Referring to your verbal inquiries in relation to the new custom-house at Charleston, and to the Treasury extension in this city, I have the honor to make the following report :

That my reply may be the more readily understood, I take the liberty to restate your inquiries thus : 1st. What is the amount due the contractors for granite furnished for the Treasury extension ? and, 2d. What amount of money is it necessary should be appropriated to carry on the work upon this building under existing contracts?

In reply to the first branch of this inquiry, I have to say that the amount due the contractors for granite delivered at the site of the building will not materially vary from eighty thousand dollars. The deliveries cover a variety of stones, whose actual worth under the contract has not yet been accurately computed, as the department had not the means of payment, but its value, by an approximate estimate, is, as above stated, eighty thousand dollars.

In addition to this, the contractors report that they have a large amount of stone quarried, and more or less prepared at the quarries. which they desire should be either paid for, as far as progressed, at its value under the contract, or that the department will order it finished and delivered. Of the value of the stone thus reported I have no knowledge, not having visited the quarry; but as the contract with them is clear and explicit that they "shall furnish the material within a reasonable time, and that the Secretary of the Treasury doth promise, covenant, and agree well and truly to pay, or cause to be paid, from time to time, as the material is delivered, ninety per cent. of the value thereof," I have no doubt of the justice of their demand, either that it should be paid for as it is, or that they should be allowed to finish and deliver it and then be paid therefor.

They allege that they have now tłus quarried over one hundred and fifty thousand dollars worth of material. This value could only be ascertained by an official inspection of the material upon the spot.

To the second branch of the inquiry of what amount should be appropriated to carry on the work, I have respectfully to say that the amount would only be governed by the rapidity with which the work is to be executed. The chief hindrance to the prosecution of a work of this kind is the procurement of the exterior stone. In the present case the entire exterior stone for the west wing is now on the site ready for placement. The necessary interior brick and iron (under contract) and labor can be procui ed as fast as wanted, in any required quantity, so that the building may go up more or less rapidly, as the means at command will warrant. At present I am doing nothing upon the west wing. The contingent force of the work, such as master stone setter, master mason, master carpenter, and other masters of the different branches are all now employed, under pay, and without

any increase of contingent cost they can push the work to completion. They can as well take charge of five hundred hands as five.

In my annual report, accompanying the Secretary's report upon the finances to the present Congress, page 111, I had the honor to briefly state these facts, and to say: "During the coming year probably $750,000 could be judiciously expended towards completing the entire structure, while $500,000 would enable it to go on, with good economy, and give work to a large number of operatives, who only wait the necessary appropriation to put in place the purchased materials, and such others as are required for the placement of that in hand." A lesser sum could, of course, be expended, the only difference being that the building would progress less rapidly at the same contingent cost.

It may not be improper to add that a true economy requires the material on hand to be put in place, as it not only is a source of daily cost for watchmen, &c., but is liable to injury, and some pieces liable to utter loss from wanton or careless frequenters of the grounds.

Your inquiries in reference to the new custom-house at Charleston were, 1st. What are the conditions of the contract for the marble for this building; and how much money is now due the contractors under it.

In reply, I have to say that the contract for this work requires the contractor to deliver the marble at Charleston "in such order and quantities as the department may reasonably require.” It is also stipulated “that no payment can be made under this contract, except as appropriations may be made by Congress.'

It was probably the intention of Secretary Corwin, when the contract was made, that no marble should be ordered, except as appropriations were made. In practice, during his and succeeding administrations, the delivery of a working drawing to the contractor has been deemed an order. It has been so construed and acted upon from the beginning of the work until the present time. Architectural necessities, however, made it imperative to furnish complete working drawings, of different portions of the building, as the parts could not otherwise be made to correspond and fit each other.

In this way the drawings furnished have been, for many years, in advance of appropriations.

When Congress omitted to make appropriations for the work, the contractors were ordered to cease quarrying or preparing marble. They have complied with this order, ceased work at the quarry, and discharged their operatives.

The marble on hand at the time of the receipt of this order constituted the material for which they now claim pay from the department, and which it is unable to pay as the appropriation is exhausted.

I can perceive no impropriety in this claim. They have provided the material in good faith, upon the same orders which they have heretofore provided it, and under which it has been delivered and paid for to the amount of many hundred thousand dollars.

They now say they are anxious to furnish and deliver the work, prepared, preparing, or ordered, and deliver the same under their

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