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The University is at present constructing more new buildings than ever before at one time. The appropriations for the buildings at present under construction together with those which are being planned for, amount to almost 1,000,000.
During the spring and summer ground has been broken for the Harvard Union on Quincy street, the Architectural Building on the corner of Quincy street and Broadway, on the site of Professor Langdell's old house, and the Engineering Building on Holmes Field.
The foundation of the Union is now completed; the first floor has been laid, and the boilers are in position. A delay in the arrival of granite has stopped the work temporarily, but from present indications the building will be ready for dedication on Commencement. Messrs. McKim, Mead and White are the architects, and Norcross Brothers the builders.
At the Architectural Building the foundation is finished and the first two floors will be laid within two weeks. The work on the heating, ventilating and lighting apparatus has already been carried for enough to show many novel features. The boiler for the entire building is in the basement of Sever Hall and all the heating and ventilating ducts will be kept invisible. The large drawing room will be lighted by individual desk lights, so that the room can be used for work in the evening as well as during the day. McKim, Mead and White are the architects for this building. L. D. Wellicott & Sons have the contract as builders.
Ground is now being broken for the addition to the University Museum which was announced last Commencement as the gift of Mr. Alexander Agassiz '55, his sisters, Mrs. Higginson and Mrs. Shaw, and Mr. Shaw. This extension will meet the Peabody Museum, and thus complete the joining of the two buildings which has been planned for some time. The plans have been drawn by Shaw and Hunnewell.
Little work has been done up to this time on the Engineering Building, aside from the excavating, and the laying of a part of the foundations.
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