George Rogers Clark Memorial
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Chapter 1. Administrative Data--George Rogers Clark Memorial

  • Name and Number of Structure
  • Proposed Use of Structure
  • Justification for Such Use as Shown in the Master Plan
  • Provision for Operating the Structure
  • Cooperative Agreement, if any Executed or Proposed for Operating the Structure
  • Brief Description of Proposed Construction Activity
  • Estimated Cost of Proposed Construction

Chapter 2. Congress Acts and a Clark Memorial is Assured

  • Establishment of the Indiana George Rogers Clark Sesquicentennial Commission
        1. The Organization of a Clark Sesquicentennial Commission
        2. The Republican State Convention Endorses the Proposal
        3. The Committee Proposes a Program
        4. The Indiana General Assembly Acts

  • The Establishment of a National Commission
        1. Legislation is Introduced and Hearings Held
        2. Ewing Emison Calls on President Coolidge
        3. The 70th Congress Acts
        4. A Palace Revolution

Chapter 3. Legislative History of the Memorial, 1929-36

  • Knox County & Vincennes Contribute $200,000
        1. Governor Leslie's Veto
        2. Knox County Votes $100,000 for the Memorial
        3. The City of Vincennes Appropriates $100,000

  • Congress Votes Another $500,000 for the Memorial
        1. The 1st Session of the 71st Congress Fails to Act
        2. The 3d Session of the 71st Congress Acts

  • The Indiana General Assembly & Congress Provide Additional Funds
        1. Governor Leslie Changes His Position
        2. The 1st Session of the 73d Congress Appropriates $96,650
        3. The 1st Session of the 73d Congress Authorizes $250,000
        4. The 74th Congress Authorizes $50,000 for the Memorial

  • Lack of Funds Doom Several Projects

  • Congress Twice Extends the Life of the Commission

  • The Dedication of the Clark Memorial
        1. Preliminary Arrangements
        2. The President's Plans
        3. The Dedication

  • The First Effort to Establish a GEC National Memorial Fails
        1. The General Assembly Authorizes the Transfer of the Memorial
        2. The National Park Service's Initial Interest in the Memorial
        3. FDR Vetoes a Bill Establishing the GRC National Memorial

  • Indiana Assumes Responsibility for the Memorial
        1. Governor Townsend Acts
        2. Maintenance Ceases as Commission & State Squabble

  • The Establishment of the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
        1. Denton Introduces H.R. 9599
        2. H.R. 9599 is Amended to Provide for Cooperative Agreements
        3. H.R. 9599 is Enacted

Chapter 4. A Construction History of the Memorial

  • The Commission Gets Organized
        1. The First Meeting of the National Commission
        2. Initial Efforts to Secure Additional Funds Fail
        3. Parsons is Hired as Architectural Advisor

  • The Competition
        1. The Guidelines
        2. The Winning Design

  • W. R. Heath Gets the Contract
        1. The Executive Committee Makes Decisions
        2. The Plans & Specifications are Released
        3. The Bids are Opened
        4. The Contract is Awarded
        5. Protests Cause an Investigation
        6. The Commission Reaffirms the Contract

  • W. R. Heath Builds a Memorial
        1. The Basement is Excavated and Foundation Poured
        2. Last Minute Changes
        3. The Erection of the Superstructure
        4. The Laying of the Terrace and Steps
        5. Lesser Projects
            a. Additional Band of Alabama Granite
            b. The Basement Rooms
            c. The Bronze Entrance Way
            d. The Bronze and Art Glass Skylight

  • The Inscriptions
        1. For the Memorial Structure and Pylons
        2. Inscriptions for the Bridge Approach

  • The Executive Committee Accepts the Memorial Structure

Chapter 5. The Murals and Statues

  • Ezra Winter and His Murals
        1. Winter Contracts for Seven Murals
        2. The Scenes to be Depicted are Determined
        3. Winter Completes the Murals
        4. Mounting the Murals

  • The Clark, Gibault, and Vigo Statues
        1. MacNeil's Statue of George Rogers Clark
        2. Polasek's Gibault and Angel's Vigo

  • Maintenance of the Murals
        1. The Proposal for Replacing the Clear with Frosted Glass
        2. The Winter Interpretive Exhibit
        3. Proposals to Clean the Murals Fail to Jell

Chapter 6. Landscaping for the Memorial

  • Land Acquisition for the Memorial
        1. The Initial Purchases
        2. The Sesquicentennial Commemoration &
            the Destruction of the Kuhn Elevator
        3. Additional Purchases and Demolitions

  • Parsons Submits His Plans and Specifications
        1. Parsons and the Executive Committee Review the Plan
        2. A Money Shortage Causes a Delay
        3. The Contracts are Awarded

  • The Landscapers Get Down to Business
        1. The Cooper Bros. Projects
        2. The Muellermist Contract
        3. The Hubert Hunsucker Contract

  • Lighting the Grounds

  • The Extension of the Grounds to the West
        1. Preliminary Work
        2. The Demolition of the Gas Plant

  • The Embellishment of the Approach to the Lincoln Memorial Bridge
        1. Ferguson Construction Co. Begins Work on the Bridge
        2. Parsons' Plans for Embellishing the Indiana Approach
        3. Premier Construction Gets a Contract
        4. The Bridge Dedication

  • The Seawall

  • Monument Stones and Plaques
        1. The Fort Sackville Memorial Stone
        2. The Clark Headquarters Plaque
        3. The Gold Star War Memorial

  • Culbertson Boulevard
        1. Culbertson Presses the County Commissioners
        2. Lenahan & Konen Build a Boulevard

  • The Layne Irrigation Pump Falters

Chapter 7. Maintenance of the Memorial

  • Efforts to Get W. R. Heath to Stop the Seepage Fail
        1. The Seepage is Reported and Discussed
        2. W. R. Heath's First Attempt to Stop the Seepage
        3. W. R. Heath & Hirons Voice their Opinions
        4. W. R. Heath's Second Attempt to Stop the Seepage
        5. The Seepage Gets Worse
        6. The Executive Committee Fails to Press the Issue

  • The Principal Causes of the Seepage are Identified
        1. The Nothnagel Study Triggers an Investigation
        2. The Schucker & Bixby Report
            a. The Commission Contracts with Schucker & Bixby
            b. The Seepage into the Attic is Pin pointed
            c. The Cause of the Seepage into the Basement is Identified
            d. Other Repairs Needed

  • The 1941 Rehabilitation of the Memorial
        1. Director Barnhart's October 1941 Visit to the Memorial
        2. The Proposed Work Program
            a. Parapet Wall between Inner and Outer Roof--$4,000
            b. Outer Roof--$600
            c. Pointing in Upper Portion--$250
            d. Pebble-Concrete Terrace--$400
            e. Stylobates and Steps--$850
            f. Outer Terrace Walls--$550
            g. Repair of Basement Plastering and Painting--$300
            h. Underground Wiring--$400
            i. Interior Wiring--$75
            j. Mechanical Installations--$75
        3. The Work Accomplished

  • The 1943-44 Rehabilitation Program at the Memorial
        1. Snyder Construction Contracts for Repair of the Outer Roof
        2. Snyder Contracts to Repair the Masonry Walls
        3. Snyder Executes His Contracts

  • Bob Starrett Takes Charge
        1. The Installation of a New Lighting System
        2. The Installation of Two Drinking Fountains
        3. The Basement Door & Frames are Repainted

  • The Outer Roof Again Causes Problems
        1. The Wind Storm of March 12, 1948
        2. The 1950 Repairs to the Roof
            a. Robert Joice Agrees to Replace the Copper Flashings
            b. Midwest Roofing Renews the Outer Roof
            c. Joice Replaces the Copper Flashings
        3. Joice Seals the Leaks in the Skylight
        4. Seepage Through the Roof Ceases to be a Problem
            a. The 1954 Seepage is Corrected
            b. Joice and Midwest Roofing Seal the 1958 Leaks
            c. The 20-year Guarantee Expires

  • The 1952 Effort to Stop the Seepage
        1. The Seepage Through the Pebble-Terrace Again Becomes Serious
        2. Midwest Industrial Products Black tops the Terrace

  • The 1958 Rehabilitation of the Memorial
        1. Western Waterproofing Company Makes a Study & Recommendations
        2. The General Assembly Makes an Appropriation
            a. The Starrett and Stout Reports
            b. The 1955 Session of the General Assembly Refuses to Act
            c. Joice's Report
            d. Budget Director Hardwick Approves the Request for $25,000
        3. The 1958 Program
            a. Proposals are Invited
            b. Western Waterproofing Gets the Contract

  • The Seepage Resumes



Appendix A. A Brief Description of the Memorial Structure

Appendix B. Specification for Repair of Roof of Memorial

Appendix C. Specification for Pointing and Sealing of Stone Work George Rogers Clark State Memorial

Appendix D. Specification for Replacement of Copper Flashings on Roof on Memorial

Appendix E. Specification for Resurfacing and Water proofing the Pebble Terrace with "Carbo-Tread over Membrane & Sealed with Jennite J-16"


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