Wherever a tourist goes in Washington, he usually finds that a fellow named McShain has been there before him. Though he lives in Philadelphia, slim, silver-mustached John McShain, 50, has built so many of Washington's public buildings that he has trouble keeping count. Among them: Jefferson Memorial, the new State Department Building, the National Airport terminal and he was the biggest prime contractor of the mammoth Pentagon.

Last week, when the 15 bids were opened for the contract to renovate the White House, at a cost of $4,160,000 plus a fixed fee, McShain was the winner again. The highest bid was...

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