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RG 140.3 Submissions. 1912-1972; 12 cubic feet, 3 oversize boxes, approx. 10,000 flat filed items. Files on each project submitted for Art Jury approval contain: submission forms, detailing material estimated cost, location and designer; excerpts from minutes of meetings discussing projects; Art Jury correspondence and notes on submission approval and disapproval; blueprints, drawings, photographs, literature and other items submitted in support of projects; correspondence from the community and other institutions and press clippings. Submissions include construction of and/or alterations to significant public structures such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, City Hall, City Hall Annex and the Municipal Services Building, the Free Library, Veterans' Stadium, Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia Zoological Gardens and Philadelphia General Hospital, as well as schools, branch libraries, recreation centers, police and fire stations, public housing projects, parking lots, water department facilities and airport buildings; public highway and transportation projects, including the Schuylkill Expressway, Delaware Expressway, Roosevelt Boulevard, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Southern Boulevard, Broad Street Subway and numerous bridges and development of public parks and squares; Also reviewed by the Art Jury were public and private construcution and landscaping on an in the vicinity of Independence Mall, Fairmount Park and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Files also reflect Art Jury jurisdiction over public and private signaage, awnings, traffic signals, telephone booths and other features affecting streetscapes. Additionally, submission files were sometimes created to hold materials discussing issues of concern to the Art Jury, such as jurisdiction over particular sorts of projects and discussions with other public agencies.

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