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Subseries 4. Construction Records, 1915-1919

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents the plans and construction of the Union Arcade Building. Materials included are bids, contracts, meeting minutes, reports, specifications, and tenant change proposals and orders. The bids and contracts pertain to companies sending their tentative offers for their products to building representative, C.F. Chubb. There are materials relating to building construction changes and alterations. Most change proposals are from the main building contractor, George A. Fuller Company, to the architect, F.J. Osterling. The materials are arranged by subjects and then in chronological order. The change proposals are listed by date and in chronological order.

Meeting minutes document actions decided by persons involved in the construction of the building. The majority of the meeting records document the Minutes of Contractors’, Sub-Contractors, and Material Men’s Meetings. Members involved in the meetings consisted of C.F. Chubb, J.P. Findley, W.K. Beltz (architect representative), Mr. Alexander (Kimball Company representative), and various representatives for the numerous sub-contractors. Topics discussed include roofing, woodworking, stone work, plastering, and constructing cement floors. The minutes are arranged chronologically.

Reports primarily consist of progress summaries, including some general reports that consist of reviews, notes, and building inspections. General summaries cover reports on site visits, contracts, building construction, and general building notes. The majority of reports document the progress of the building’s construction. Many reports are addressed to and from individuals like Chubb, Osterling, Findley, and the George A. Fuller Company. These reports cover the building progress floor-by-floor, specific work, and overall assessments. There are also superintendent reports that include the temperature, weather, number of men working on the site, and a work overview.

Also included in this subseries are specifications and tenant change orders to be applied during the building construction. The specifications are arranged by subject and in alphabetical order. The change orders detail the additional work that tenants requested which was individual to their spaces. Tenants like the Pennsylvania Rail Road, the American Underwriters Company, and the Jamisonville Coal Company, all received additional alterations to their shops or offices. Most orders provide an account of the main and sub-contractors proposals, bills, and blueprints for the changes to the space. These orders are arranged in chronological order by the date in which they were created. There are also emergency tenant change orders which are also arranged chronologically. The material in this subseries date from 1915 to 1919.


Box 609
Folder 1 Arcade Proposals, April 13, 1915
Folder 2 Agreements, April 28, 1916
Folder 3 Contracts, November 22, 1915-October 10, 1917
Folder 4 Correspondence relation to Bids, March 10-August 20, 1915
Folder 5 Correspondence on Bids, September 13, 1915-August 2, 1916
Folder 6 Electrical, Elevator and Escalators, May 14, 1915-December 3, 1915
Folder 7 Electrical, Elevator and Escalators, undated
Folder 8 Electrical, Equipment, July 28, 1915-January 16, 1917
Folder 9 Electrical, Dickson Lighting Studios Inc., May 27-June 19, 1916
Folder 10 Electrical, Edward F. Caldwell & Company, Inc., May 24-July 31, 1916
Folder 11 Electrical, H.G. McFaddin & Company, July 17-December 4, 1916
Folder 12 Electrical, H.W. Johns-Manville Company, May 20-June 27, 1916
Folder 13 Electrical, Lighting Studios Company, May 26-August 31, 1916
Folder 14 Electrical, Macbeth-Evans Glass Company, June 3, 1916
Folder 15 Electrical, Sterling Bronze Company, May 29-October 6, 1916
Folder 16 Electrical, Sterling Bronze Company, October 9-November 23, 1916
Folder 17 Electrical, The Brookins Company, July 26, 1916 and September 30, 1916
Folder 18 Electrical, The Gorham Company, Architectural Bronze, June 19-July 14, 1916
Folder 19 Electrical, The Mitchell Vance Company, August 2-16, 1916

Box 610
Folder 1 Electrical, Tiffany Studios, June 21-July 14, 1916
Folder 2 Electrical, Western Electric Company, May 15-September 21, 1916
Folder 3 Electrical, General, May 20-October 26, 1916
Folder 4 Electrical, Reports, April 4, 1916, May 16, 1916, August 12, 1916
Folder 5 Electrical, Wiring, November 6-December 28, 1915
Folder 6 Excavation, April 13, 1915
Folder 7 Glass, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, June 9, 1915-July 8, 1916
Folder 8 Hardware, November 4, 1915-January 10, 1916
Folder 9 Heating and Ventilating, September 13-25, 1916
Folder 10 Lockers, December 5, 1916-February 26, 1917
Folder 11 Machinery, Briggs Machinery Company, February 26, 1916 and March 10, 1916
Folder 12 Office Building Directories, The Tablet and Ticket Company, May 1, 1916
Folder 13 Paint Lettering, April 23, 1915
Folder 14 Paper Order, May 1-June 17, 1915
Folder 15 Plumbing, September 10-December 8, 1915

Box 611
Folder 1 Proposal for General Supervision on Flat & Commission Basis, March 5, 1914-June 10, 1915
Folder 2 Proposal or Bid, George A. Fuller Company, June 10-16, 1915
Folder 3 Safes, July 7-August 14, 1916
Folder 4 Seating for Arcade Assembly Hall, March 9, 1915
Folder 5 Specifications for bidding contractors, June 1, 1915 and June 5, 1915
Folder 6 Sprinkler System, Automatic Sprinkler Company, of America, November 1, 1915-August 8, 1916
Folder 7 Sprinkler System, General Fire Extinguisher Company, November 2, 1915
Folder 8 Sprinkler System, The Globe Automatic Sprinkler System, November 1, 1915
Folder 9 Sprinkler System, Wilson G. Cornell Company, November 4, 1915
Folder 10 Sprinkler System, Fire Underwriters, Allegheny County, June 14, 1915
Folder 11 Sprinkler System, Fire Underwriters, National, 1906-1914
Folder 12 Structural Steel, April 6-8, 1915

Box 612
Folder 1 Stone, April 6-24, 1915
Folder 2 Stone, Granite, April 6-7, 1915
Folder 3 Stone, Marble, October 8-December 14, 1915
Folder 4 Stone, Contracts with Blum & Delbridge and Columbia Stone Company, April 8, 1915-December 31, 1919
Folder 5 Terra Cotta, April 13, 1915
Folder 6 Vacuum Equipment, February 12-November 8, 1915
Folder 7 Window Blinds, November 1-10, 1916
Folder 8 Change Proposals, July 7, 1915
Folder 9 Change Proposals, July 24, 1915
Folder 10 Change Proposals, August 23, 1915
Folder 11 Change Proposals, September 22, 1915
Folder 12 Change Proposals, October 3, 1915
Folder 13 Change Proposals, October 26, 1915
Folder 14 Change Proposals, November 23, 1915
Folder 15 Change Proposals, December 28, 1915
Folder 16 Change Proposals, January 17, 1916
Folder 17 Change Proposals, February 9, 1916
Folder 18 Change Proposals, May 24, 1916
Folder 19 Change Proposals, June 3, 1916
Folder 20 Change Proposals, June 5, 1916
Folder 21 Change Proposals, July 1, 1916
Folder 22 Change Proposals, July 19, 1916
Folder 23 Change Proposals, July 31, 1916
Folder 24 Change Proposals, August 2, 1916
Folder 25 Change Proposals, August 25, 1916
Folder 26 Change Proposals, September 19, 1916
Folder 27 Change Proposals, September 26, 1916
Folder 28 Change Proposals, September 29, 1916
Folder 29 Change Proposals, October 10, 1916
Folder 30 Change Proposals, October 16, 1916
Folder 31 Change Proposals, October 19, 1916
Folder 32 Change Proposals, November 6, 1916
Folder 33 Change Proposals, November 15, 1916
Folder 34 Change Proposals, November 18, 1916
Folder 35 Change Proposals, November 21, 1916
Folder 36 Change Proposals, December 11, 1916
Folder 37 Change Proposals, January 12, 1917
Folder 38 Change Proposals, January 27, 1917
Folder 39 Change Proposals, January 31, 1917
Folder 40 Change Proposals, February 1, 1917
Folder 41 Change Proposals, February 2, 1917
Folder 42 Change Proposals, February 3, 1917
Folder 43 Change Proposals, February 21, 1917
Folder 44 Change Proposals, February 27, 1917
Folder 45 Change Proposals, March 1, 1917
Folder 46 Change Proposals, March 12, 1917
Folder 47 Change Proposals, May 3, 1917
Folder 48 Change Proposals, June 16, 1917
Folder 49 Change Proposals, June 20, 1917
Folder 50 Change Proposals, July 26, 1917
Folder 51 Change Proposals, August 10, 1917
Folder 52 Change Proposals, August 16, 1917

Box 613
Folder 1 Change Proposals, Art Glass, September 30, 1916-July 30, 1917
Folder 2 Change Proposals, Brick Work by Fuller Company, November 1, 1917
Folder 3 Change Proposals, Cement Fills and Floors, July 19, 1917
Folder 4 Change Proposals, Change Proposals to Revised Plans, March 15-October 30, 1916
Folder 5 Change Proposals, Commissions, October 3, 1917
Folder 6 Change Proposals, Concrete Fire Proofing and Fuller Company, Work, November 1, 1917
Folder 7 Change Proposals, Copper Shop Fronts, August 16, 1917
Folder 8 Change Proposals, Dormer Window Change, November 1, 1917
Folder 9 Change Proposals, Electric Work, November 17, 1917
Folder 10 Change Proposals, Elevators and Escalators, September 8, 1917
Folder 11 Change Proposals, Fort Pitt Hardware Company, January 17-18, 1917
Folder 12 Change Proposals, George Fuller Company, Proposals, June 1, 1917, November 19, 1917
Folder 13 Change Proposals, George Fuller Company, Art Glass Dome, September 8, 1917
Folder 14 Change Proposals, George Fuller Company, Parcel Post and Package Chutes, September 25, 1917
Folder 15 Change Proposals, Glass and Glazing, November 1, 1917
Folder 16 Change Proposals, Granite Change, November 12, 1917
Folder 17 Change Proposals, Hardware, November 14, 1917
Folder 18 Change Proposals, Heating and Ventilating, July 25, 1917
Folder 19 Change Proposals, Marble Floor for the First Floor Shops, July 19, 1917
Folder 20 Change Proposals, Marble Work, September 17, 1916, January 30-February 26, 1917

Box 614
Folder 1 Change Proposals, Marble Work, September 17, 1916, January 30-February 26, 1917
Folder 2 Change Proposals, McNulty Brothers Company, Plasterers, September 2, 1916-April 10, 1917
Folder 3 Change Proposals, McNulty Brothers Company, Plasterers, April 11-July 18, 1917
Folder 4-6 Change Proposals, Misc., Unsettled Change Order Proposals, November 12, 1917
Folder 7 Change Proposals, Mosaic Glass, September 25, 1917
Folder 8 Change Proposals, Ornamental Iron Work, September 15, 1917
Folder 9 Change Proposals, Pipe Shaft Doors, November 1, 1917
Folder 10 Change Proposals, Plastering, August 27, 1917

Box 615
Folder 1 Change Proposals, Plastering, August 27, 1917
Folder 2-3 Change Proposals, Plumbing, August 21, 1916-November 27, 1917
Folder 4 Change Proposals, Rough Carpentry, November 1, 1917
Folder 5 Change Proposals, Sheet Metal and Copper Flashing, August 30, 1917
Folder 6 Change Proposals, Steel Changes, October 1, 1916-August 31, 1917
Folder 7 Change Proposals, Stone Work, September 14, 1917
Folder 8 Change Proposals, Terra Cotta Work, October 2, 1917
Folder 9 Change Proposals, Tile Fire Proofing, November 1, 1917
Folder 10 Change Proposals, Two Additional Stories, November 30, 1915-February 17, 1916
Folder 11 Change Proposals, Unsettled Proposals, November 19, 1917
Folder 12 Change Proposals, Wood Trim, August 28, 1917
Folder 13 Change Proposals, Misc. Notes, 1916-1921
Folder 14 Change Proposals, Additional Work, January 1916
Folder 15 Change Proposals, Office Lighting, undated

Box 616
Folder 1 Meeting Minutes, April 25, 1916
Folder 2 Meeting Minutes, May 2, 1916
Folder 3 Meeting Minutes, May 9, 1916
Folder 4 Meeting Minutes, May 16, 1916
Folder 5 Meeting Minutes, May 23, 1916
Folder 6 Meeting Minutes, May 31, 1916
Folder 7 Meeting Minutes, June 6, 1916
Folder 8 Meeting Minutes, June 13, 1916
Folder 9 Meeting Minutes, June 20, 1916
Folder 10 Meeting Minutes, June 27, 1916
Folder 11 Meeting Minutes, July 11, 1916
Folder 12 Meeting Minutes, July 18, 1916
Folder 13 Meeting Minutes, July 25, 1916
Folder 14 Meeting Minutes, August 1, 1916
Folder 15 Meeting Minutes, August 8, 1916
Folder 16 Meeting Minutes, August 15, 1916
Folder 17 Meeting Minutes, August 22, 1916
Folder 18 Meeting Minutes, August 29, 1916
Folder 19 Meeting Minutes, September 6, 1916
Folder 20 Meeting Minutes, September 12, 1916
Folder 21 Meeting Minutes, September 19, 1916
Folder 22 Meeting Minutes, September 26, 1916

Box 617
Folder 1 Meeting Minutes, October 3, 1916
Folder 2 Meeting Minutes, October 11, 1916
Folder 3 Meeting Minutes, October 17, 1916
Folder 4 Meeting Minutes, October 24, 1916
Folder 5 Meeting Minutes, October 30, 1916
Folder 6 Meeting Minutes, October 31, 1916
Folder 7 Meeting Minutes, January 19-October 3, 1916

Box 618
Folder 1 General Summaries, June 1-November 21, 1917
Folder 2 Inspections, Elevator, May 17, 1918-August 1, 1922
Folder 3 Inspections, Refrigeration Systems, December 11, 1917-March 24, 1931
Folder 4 Progress Reports, March 10-June 12, 1916
Folder 5 Progress Reports, June 13-July 17, 1916
Folder 6 Progress Reports, July 18-August 29, 1916
Folder 7 Progress Reports, September 5-26, 1916
Folder 8 Progress Reports, October 2-December 26, 1916
Folder 9 Progress Reports, January 1-November 21, 1917
Folder 10 Report, Superintendent Diary, August 2, 1915-March 18, 1916
Folder 11 Report, Electrical Work Suggestions, August 30-November 12, 1915
Folder 12 Reports Misc., July 11, 1916, undated

Box 619
Folder 1 Specifications, Addendum to Electric Wiring, July 20-December 17, 1915
Folder 2 Specifications, Amendment to Granite Work, May 10, 1915
Folder 3 Specifications, Amendment to Terra Cotta, May 11, 1915
Folder 4 Specifications, Changes, March 15, 1916
Folder 5 Specifications, Complete Finishing Hardware, undated
Folder 6 Specifications, Electric, July 10, 1915-March 15, 1916
Folder 7 Specifications, General Description of Material and Workmanship, undated
Folder 8 Specifications, Heating, July 20, 1915-May 12, 1916
Folder 9 Specifications, Materials and Workmanship, April 1, 1915-January 20, 1917
Folder 10 Specification, Original, undated
Folder 11 Specifications, Plumbing, July 1915-May 12, 1916
Folder 12 Specifications, Revisions, June 15, 1915
Folder 13 Specifications, Contracts and Change Orders, March 7, 1916
Folder 14 Specifications, Sprinkler System, undated

Box 620
Folder 1 Tenant Change Orders, July 10, 1917
Folder 2-3 Tenant Change Orders, July 14, 1917
Folder 4 Tenant Change Orders, July 17, 1917
Folder 5 Tenant Change Orders, July 18, 1917
Folder 6 Tenant Change Orders, July 19, 1917
Folder 7 Tenant Change Orders, July 20, 1917
Folder 8 Tenant Change Orders, July 21, 1917

Box 621
Folder 1 Tenant Change Orders, July 23, 1917
Folder 2 Tenant Change Orders, July 24, 1917
Folder 3 Tenant Change Orders, July 25, 1917
Folder 4 Tenant Change Orders, July 26, 1917
Folder 5 Tenant Change Orders, July 27, 1917
Folder 6 Tenant Change Orders, August 11, 1917
Folder 7 Tenant Change Orders, August 14, 1917
Folder 8 Tenant Change Orders, August 15, 1917
Folder 9 Tenant Change Orders, August 18, 1917
Folder 10 Tenant Change Orders, October 3, 1917, November 1917
Folder 11 Tenant Change Orders, undated
Folder 12 Tenant Change Orders, Carter Electric Company, January 31, 1917-May 29, 1917
Folder 13 Tenant Change Orders, Carter Electric Company, June 26, 1917, July 1, 1917
Folder 14 Emergency Tenant Change Orders, November 28, 1916-March 31, 1917
Folder 15 Emergency Tenant Change Orders, April 2-16, 1917
Folder 16 Emergency Tenant Change Orders, April 17-June 28, 1917
Folder 17 Emergency Tenant Change Orders, Misc., undated
Folder 18 Union Arcade Building Depreciation, 1920
Folder 19 Photographs, March 10, 1916

Box 622
Folder 1 Analysis of Construction Costs, 1915-1917
Folder 2 Cost Increase, March 15-September 1, 1916
Folder 3 Stone Sample, undated
Folder 4 Scale Rendering, Arcade Building, November 1915
Folder 5 Scale Rendering, Arcade Building,
Folder 6-8 Building decorative accents and lighting blueprints, 1915
Folder 9 Color drawings of Union Arcade Building lamps, H.W. Johns Manville Company, undated