Monuments: Growth on the Hill

As the nation grows, so grows the Capitol building. But for every hand raised to make it truly workable, a thousand protests rise from preservationists who feel that the monument should be as immutable and functionless as the Statue of Liberty.

Approval of plans to extend the west front of the Capitol was greeted predictably last week. Senator Joseph Clark of Pennsylvania threatened a bill making it a crime to deface the Capitol. Representative Sam Stratton of New York promised to organize a committee of 1,000,000. Senator Mike Monroney of Oklahoma called the...

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