Items of Interest

Sounding like a great rushing wind and drowning out the noise of riveting steel going on in the topmost floors of Section "A" of the new Publishing House, a pile-puller is pulling out the last of the interlocking metal "sheeting" inserted last winter to shore up the edges of the excavation. Now that the basement walls are built and the steel superstructure is up, the shoring and the accompanying heavy supporting beams from the basement floor are no longer needed. Section "A" of the Publishing House rises three stories to the level of Section "B," and then at the fourth story and again at the fifth there is a setback. The architectural tower above the fifth floor rises three stories of equal dimensions, and the ninth and tenth stories are each set back, the tenth rising into an attic-like penthouse, or eleventh story. At the projecting corners of the third floor roof are erected large wooden derricks with which to raise the stone for the exterior.

The steel of the framework receives a coat of black asphalt paint after erection. Upon arrival it appears coated with the familiar red paint. At the main entrance to the Publishing House on Norway Street the concrete framework of the three doorways leading into the commodious lobby stand free of their wooden forms and are waterproofed with asphaltum ready to receive the limestone facing. At one side of the entrance will be cut into the stone a list of Mrs. Eddy's works, and at the other a list of the periodicals published by The Christian Science Publishing Society. In the center of Section "A" on the Massachusetts Avenue end, at the first floor ceiling, was placed a heavy steel beam of wide span. Now that the concrete second floor is built, metal projections can be seen here in preparation for supporting the frame of a large plate glass window through which the walled garden will be a charming picture to visitors in the Reception Room. Extending from the first floor level into the garden is a concrete foundation upon which will be built a terraced entrance into the Reception Room. The Reception Room, Sales Room adjoining, city and display section of the Advertising Department of the Monitor, and special quarters for visitors, together with the two-story lobby, from which can be reached the elevators, telephone switchboard, etc., are to be especially attractive parts of the new building.

October 22, 1932

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