THE ADMINISTRATION: The Old Car Peddler

(See Cover) In the vast, air-conditioned, limestone building covering five acres of Washington, D.C. which Harold Ickes built for his Interior Department in 1936, there is a sixth-floor suite lovingly planned by Ickes for Ickes. Two private elevators lead to the Ickes suite; two Alaskan totem poles flank the entry hall, 55 feet long. Beyond come stenographic offices and then the Secretary's private office: walnut-floored, oak-paneled and immense (960 sq. ft., as much as a five-room house). Near by are the private aide's office, private dining room, private conference room (which...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!