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by E. Caylor Bowen


(continued from page 28) Commission of the Government of the District of Columbia; and although its condition can be listed as generally "good," its exterior show signs of deterioration. it is, however, on the Department of the Interior's list of historic buildings and may, some day, be designated for restoration.

Public Law 89-665, 89th Congress, S. 3035, October 15, 1966, established a program for the preservation of additional historic properties throughout the Nation, and for other purposes. In the Act, Congress declared that -

(a) That the spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic past;

(b) that the historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people;

(c) that, in the face of ever-increasing extensions of urban centers, highways, and residential, commercial, and industrial developments, the present governmental and non-governmental historic preservation programs and activities are inadequate to insure future generations a genuine opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the rich heritage of our Nation; and

(d) that, although the major burdens of historic preservation have been borne and major efforts, initiated by private agencies and individuals, and both should continue to play a vital role, it is nevertheless necessary and appropriate for the Federal Government to accelerate its historic preservation programs and activities, to give and maximum encouragement to agencies and individuals undertaking preservation by private means, and to assist State and local governments and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States to expand and accelerate their historic preservation programs and activities.

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