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TO THE CITY COUNCIL:

THE Committee on Public Buildings, to whom was referred the Report and Order made by the Committee on Public Instruction recommending the purchase of the estate belonging to the Natural History Society, situated in Mason Street and contiguous to that of the City, used by the Normal School, have, in accordance with the Order, “ Prepared plans of the lot and the buildings thereon, and examined them with reference to their adaptation to school purposes,” and respectfully submit the following

REPORT.

The present lot contains 6,067 feet; the proposed purchase, 6,613 66-100 feet; the building has a cellar eight feet deep, and two stories above, and will furnish upon the first floor four rooms, - two for schools, one for apparatus, and one for other purposes: the latter are very much needed for this school; on the second floor are three rooms, all of which may be seen by reference to the Lithographic Plans, furnished for the full information of the City Council. The building is a thoroughly-built structure, and covered with imperial slate and copper.

The cost of the land will be, if it can be purchased for thirtyone thousand dollars, including the cost of connecting it with the present building, and other necessary alterations, exclusive of the furnishing and heating the rooms, $4.63 per square foot. The grammar school-house cost about $6.29, and the primary about $5.15 per square foot, exclusive of the land. There is also one other consideration that should be taken into account; should this property be sold to any party that should erect buildings covering the whole land, our present structure would of necessity have to be abandoned for school purposes; there are some other school-houses similarly situated, which your Committee hope to be able to protect at a reasonable rate. Upon examination of the whole bearing of the subject, and having ascertained that the cost of the necessary alterations will be about twenty-five hundred dollars, your Committee unanimously recommend the passage of the orders reported by the Committee on Public Instruction. For the Committee,

JONATHAN PRESTON, Chairman.

CITY OF BOSTON.

In School Committee, December 11, 1860. ORDERED : That immediate application be made to the City Council for the erection of a new School-house, for the accommodation of the Girls' High and Normal School. Attest:

BARNARD CAPEN,

Secretary

In Common Council, December 13, 1860.
Referred to the Committee on Public Instruction.
Sent

up
for concurrence.

J. P. BRADLEE, President.

In Board of Aldermen, December 17, 1860.

Concurred.

OTIS CLAPP, Chairman.

TO THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BOSTON:

The undersigned, from the Committee of the Girls' High and Normal School, respectfully call the attention of the City Council to the want of accommodation for this school in their present building, and to the Order of the Board of School Committee on the subject, passed September 11, 1860, and duly referred.

The undersigned having learned that the estate of the Boston Society of Natural History, adjoining the land of the schoolhouse in Mason Street, is now for sale at a moderate price, and, having examined that estate, respectfully recommend its purchase for the use of this school.

L. B. RUSSELL,
T. M. BREWER,
R. W. HOOPER,

for the Committee. BOSTON, June 10, 1861.

CITY OF BOSTON.

In Board of Aldermen, June 10, 1861.

Referred to Committee on Public Instruction.
Sent down for concurrence.

SILAS PEIRCE, Chairman.

In Common Council, June 13, 1861.

Concurred.

J. H. BRADLEY, Resident

.

CITY OF BOSTON.

In Common Council, June 20, 1861. The Committee on Public Instruction, to whom was referred the resolve of the School Committee, that more accommodation is needed for the Girls' High and Normal Schools, would respectfully

REPORT,

That the present school lot contains about six thousand feet, and is so contracted that any lofty building erected on the adjacent estate to the south, now belonging to the Natural History Society, will materially darken the windows and obstruct the circulation of air. The society propose to erect a new building for their cabinet on the Back Bay, and are disposed to sell their present estate for a very reasonable price. It contains about sixty-six hundred feet, and the building, by slight and not expensive alterations, can be so arranged as to afford the school all the accommodation it will need for many years. This Committee and that on Public Buildings have had the subject under consideration, and concur in the opinion that the property should be purchased, if it can be obtained at a moderate cost.

We, consequently, recommend the passage of the following orders. For the Committee,

THOMAS C. AMORY, JR., Chairman.

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