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The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

Moulton, Robert H.
A mountain palace for our presidents,   pp. 494-497 PDF (1.5 MB)

Page 494

HE announcement that President Wilson has
to lay the cornerstone of a proposed castle
upon Mount Falcon, in Colorado, places
stamp upon the plan to dedicate the struct
"Summer Capitol" of the United Statq
residence of the President and his staff d
              intolerably hot months which afflict the city
ington. The castle is to cost fifty thousand dollars and its f
two hundred thousand dollars more. It is promised thai
part of the building will be completed in time for Preside
to spend there the summer of nineteen hundred and fifte
   This plan would, for a part of each year, effect a tran
seat of the national executive power from the Potomac, in
to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in the heart of
For a part of each year, except when emergency legislat
require (as it has this summer) the presence of Congres
President in Washington, the Capitol of the United Stat
upon the peak of a Western Mountain, which is several hu
more than a mile higher than the level of Washington.
   The foundations of the building are already in place,
thing is in readiness for laying the cornerstone. The sit
land donated by John Brisben Walker who gave up for ti
a part of his big estate on Mount Falcon.
   Not the least of the advantages promised by the Rocky
Capitol is that, for a portion of each year, the President
in intimate touch with the West and in the best possib.
to interpret its problems and needs. In turn, the West w
for the first time the honor of possessing a resident Presid
United States.
   Presidents have hitherto had to shift for themselves in
of summer homes. John Wanamaker gave Harrison a
Cape May. Cleveland owned his own summer residence at
Bay, as did Roosevelt at Oyster Bay. McKinley went I
home at Canton, Ohio. Taft rented a house at Bev4
Wilson rents a house in Cornish, N. H., and at Washington
refuge from the heat in a tent, which is pitched on the WI
   According to the architect's plans, the castle's north ter
which the drawing room and library will open, will look
a precipice which has a sheer fall of two thousand feet. T(
looms Pike's Peak and to the northeast lies Denver, fif
away as the crow flies, but forty miles distant by a winding r

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