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The structural weakening of the White House which became evident a few years ago was a matter of national concern. The White House occupies an important and valued place in the affections of the people of the United States; and when the critical condition of the building was disclosed a widespread anxiety arose. While it is true that certain persons did feel, with some calmness, that the structural difficulties might offer an acceptable excuse for a new executive mansion; yet many more were emotionally concerned that the present building be preserved.

So important was the problem that it became certain that a need existed for the formation of a responsible body which would, after careful study and deliberation, arrive at the best and soundest means of correcting the serious conditions that existed.

Congress, thereupon, with this in mind, authorized by law the formation of the Commission on Renovation of the Executive Mansion. This Commission, when appointed, was faced with the immediate responsi-

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