Excerpt from Report of the State House Commission, Massachusetts Legislature: Additions to the State House, January 1, 1913 While many bills have been presented from time to time covering various phases of the general proposition, an outline is given herewith of the bills that were enacted into law. Chapter 5, Resolves of 1899, provided for a survey of the State's property and adjacent property, and estimates of the value of such adjacent lands. Chapter 457, Acts of 1899, limited the height of buildings bounded by Beacon, Joy, Myrtle and Hancock streets and Hancock Avenue. Chapter 382, Acts of 1900, provided for the removal of buildings east of the State House, between Bowdoin and Mount Vern streets, thus making way for the park. Chapter 525, Acts of 1901, limited the height of buildings on or within 95 feet of Beacon Street, between the Claflin building, so called, and Park Street; also any part of any building on or within 42 feet of Bowdoin Street, between Allston and Beacon streets. Under section 5 of this latter act, the estates Nos. 8, 10, 12 and 14 Mount Vern Street were acquired by the Commonwealth for the purpose of providing accommodations for the various departments of the Commonwealth and of securing an open space around the state house, and for any other necessary and convenient uses of the Commonwealth. In 1907, the State House committee of the Legislature made an exhaustive study of the question of additional accommodations. An extension of the building by means of wings was approved, but it necessitated taking land between Mount Vern Street and Beacon Street for the west wing at a very large expense. Out of that report grew chapter 545, Acts of 1907, whereby the president of the Senate, one senator and one representative made a recess investigation. They investigated the possibility of rearranging offices and the question of acquiring land for future development. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.