Items of Interest

Where is the granite for the lower course of the outer walls of the new Publishing House obtained? may be asked by one who views the sample now installed in the Norway Street side of the structure opposite the church edifice. Above is the sample of limestone from Bedford, Indiana, which is to be the standard for the building, a sample from the same quarry which supplied the limestone of The Mother Church Extension. The granite, so-called pink granite, although ordered from a firm at Concord, New Hampshire, Mrs. Eddy's former home, comes from North Berwick, Maine. The granite and limestone, when exposed to the atmosphere and light, lose somewhat the pink coloring, but retain always a warmth of color which should become deeper and more beautiful as the years pass.

Do you know that bronze likewise should grow more beautiful? A technical representative, engaged on the Publishing House building, reported that his father, who worked on the bronze stair-rails and fittings in The Mother Church Extension, inspected them the other day and is delighted because of the beauty the bronze shows after more than twenty five years of use. We know that bronze is perhaps the most permanent of the metals because of the many bronze statues of antiquity found to be in perfect condition today.

As you read this item, the structural steel for the "A" section of the Publishing House will be arriving in the Boston & Albany Railroad yard, not far from the building site. While the "B" section of the building, the plant section so called, is of reinforced concrete structure, the "A" section has a framework of structural steel. Therefore, the "A" section will rise much faster than has the "B" section; for all the structural steel for the "A" section will be erected, even to the penthouse at the eleventh story, in about six weeks, the penthouse being a room for elevator machinery, tanks, etc. Thus, by the last of August or the early part of September, the steel framework should rise to its full height.

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July 16, 1932

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