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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 3, January 21, 2007, Article 26

TREASURY BUILDING OVERHAUL SHOWCASED

One item we overlooked when compiling last week's E-Sylum was an
article in the Washington Post Friday the 12th about First Lady Laura
Bush's tour of the Treasury Building.  Located right next door to The
White House, the Pennsylvania Avenue government office building was
first occupied in 1839 and has recently undergone an extensive
renovation.  Numismatists know the fašade from its image on the back
of the U.S. ten-dollar bill.

"According to Treasury officials, the old lady was downright feeble.
Her plumbing was falling apart, her heating system was inefficient,
her elevators stalled between floors, and her building and safety
codes were out of date.

"Nineteenth-century history buffs and fans of America's Gilded Age
will rejoice that in the process of remedying those deficiencies,
several rooms were returned to their luxurious past state.

"The Chase Room, named for Salmon Chase, who was Treasury secretary
under Lincoln and later a Supreme Court chief justice, displays some
of the department's 5,000 art objects collected by Andrew Mellon
when he was Treasury secretary.

"The Cash Room and the West Dome, actually three small glass domes
modeled on the originals of 1867-69, are regarded as the department's
most important architectural spaces. The two-story Cash Room, called
that because in the early days, anyone could walk in and cash a
government check, is the most ornate of all the rooms, built of
seven kinds of marble and featuring a gilded ceiling."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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