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The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1923

Mack, John G. D.
The four Wisconsin capitols,   pp. [41]-52 PDF (4.0 MB)

Page 51

   A third possible cause, overcrowding, a factor in the destruction of
 the second and third capitols as shown in tracing their histories, may
 be dismissed.
   Happily the present capitol was built as a monumental structure,
 as it should have been. The working space, that is the office and
 other rooms for state business, are but 40 per cent of the total. The
 building is overcrowded and has been practically since completion,
 A temporary leased annex of three stories and basement is now filled
 with state business offices.
   The remedy lies in the course taken by the federal and some state
 governments, the construction of a state office building.
                Expiration of the Capitol Commission
   Under Chapter 34.02 (5), laws of 1917, the capitol commission was
 terminated and its functions transferred to the state department of
 engineering on July 1, 1917.
   At this date the building was practically complete as noted above
 and plans had been made for the remaining details.
   The department of engineering was also placed in charge of the
 maintenance of the building.
                       The Capitol Commission
   The capitol commission through the various changes in its composi-
 tion from 1903 to its termination in 1917 and changes in name con-
 sisted of the following, the governors being ex officio members:
 Governor Robert M. La Follette.
 Hon. 0. H. Ingram, Eau Claire, citizen member.
   Chief Justice J. B. Winslow, Supreme Court.
   Hon. H. W. Chynoweth, Madison, citizen member.
   Hon. Edwin Reynolds, Milwaukee, citizen member.
   Hon. J. A. Van Cleve, Marinette, citizen member.
   Justice R. D. Marshall, Supreme Court.
   Governor James 0. Davidson.
   Hon. George H. D. Johnson, Milwaukee, citizen member.
   Col. William F. Vilas, Madison, citizen member.
   Hon. Magnus Swenson, Madison, citizen member.
   Governor Francis E. McGovern.
   Governor Emanuel L. Philipp.
   Hon. A. C. Clas, Milwaukee, citizen member.
   The commission was ably assisted throughout the design and con-
struction of the capitol by the commission's secretary, Mr. Lew F.
Porter of Madison, a gifted architect and a man of discriminating
artistic talents who was in direct charge of every detail for the com-
mission. After the termination of the commission Mr. Porter was at
once attached to the staff of the department of engineering, continuing

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