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THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
its Magazine with the best things that ground go by 100 feet; they also began travel, research, and exploration could gradually to accumulate a building fund bring, and it found the people eager for out of the receipts of the Society's busithe knowledge those pages brought them. From that day to this there has been The work on the new building, which growth, growth, growth-growth that is was designed by Architect Arthur B. expressed in the Society's new home, Heaton, was begun on March 27, 1913; growth that is disclosed in the remark and, owing to the energy and faithfulness able contents of the Magazine, growth of the contractors, the George A. Fuller that is emphasized by the fact that today Construction Co., was completed in less the National Geographic Society is the than seven months. The results of that largest and most popular scientific society work are graphically told by the pictures in the world, and its Magazine the most and by the following letter, written by widely circulated non-fiction magazine on Mr. E. Z. Blagg, vice-president and genearth.
eral manager of the Globe-Wernicke ComThe Society has no endowments; its en pany, who was in charge of the erection dowment is the remarkable interest that of the new plant of that company, the the Magazine has stimulated throughout largest woodworking plant in the world. the world and the wonderful support it commands. With no other dividends to pay than the dividends of information it
A REAL "MODEL PLINT" carries to its readers, the income derived “I wish to extend my heartiest confrom the Magazine can be put back into gratulations to the National Geographic it and into the explorations and research Society, of which I am proud to be a work of the Society.
member, on the completion of its new
home. Before the erection of our new HUBBARD MEMORIAL HALL
building in Cincinnati I made many trips Until 1902 the National Geographic to so-called 'model' plants throughout the Society was without a home of its own, country in search of ideas, and I want to but that year the heirs of the Hon. Gardi say that I have yet to see a large office ner Greene Hubbard built Hubbard Me force more admirably housed than that of morial Hall as a home for the Society the Society and as a memorial for its first President. "I was particularly impressed with the It looked as if they had discounted the foresight of those who planned the buildfuture liberally and had anticipated the ing, in the matter of utilizing the natural day of the greatest growth to which the light and providing for the last word in Society could hope to attain. They little hygienic surroundings.
hygienic surroundings. There is not a reckoned that within a single decade the dark corner in the building, and the venrising tide of geographic interest would tilation system is perfect. sweep into the Society a membership such "That the present and future requireas no other scientific society in the world ments of the Society were kept clearly has enjoyed; that before the ear-marks in mind while the building was being of newness were off the walls, the So planned is shown by the wonderful faciety's management would have to be cilities throughout for the expeditious working and planning for more space. handling of the Society's business, par
Long before ten short years had passed ticularly that pertaining to the issuance Hubbard Memorial Hall was full and of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE. overflowing, and two branch offices had Your equipment for taking care of into be established in rented quarters. Soon coming mail is the most complete I have the Board of Managers saw that it was ever seen, and nothing has been left unonly a question of two or three years done to expedite the work of each deuntil its own quarters would demand en partment. largement, and made provision for that
“One feature of vour system in parday by acquiring the land adjoining the ticular impressed itself upon my mind as Hubbard Memorial Hall, a fine plat of a model for all business concerns I
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mean that your business for each day is is the greatest collection of geographic complete in itself, and a trial balance pictures to be found anywhere. On the struck before that day's books are closed. fourth floor the accounting department The prompt service received by your has its quarters. The remainder of that members through this system is an im floor is taken up by the kitchen and emportant factor in the wonderful growth ployees' dining-room. the Society has enjoyed.
With the new building occupied by the "Your new building adjoining Hub business and editorial activities of the bard Memorial Hall will be a standing Society, it is now possible to devote Hubmonument to represent the good work bard Memorial Hall to its scientific accarried on by the Society."
tivities. The rooms on the ground floor The style of architecture of the new of this building are used for the meetings building is Italian Renaissance, and the of the Board of Managers, the Research material whitz brick, trimmed with white Committee, and such other committees limestone, making it harmonize in every of the Society as have occasion to meet detail with the Hubbard Memorial Hall, for conference. The upper story is given with which it is connected by passages over to the library and an exhibition hall. in the basement and in the first two The library has been renovated and its stories. The hallway is paved with white small but valuable collection of books reand green marble, while the walls are of catalogued and rearranged. rich but plain Italian Batticino marble,
THE SOCIETY'S WORK which gives a pleasing effect to the eye. The first floor is the only one that covers The Society encourages exploration the entire space of the lot; in the upper and geographic research by means of stories one-third of the space is occupied such financial grants as its resources will by a 20-foot air shaft, inclosed on only permit. In coöperation with Yale Unithree sides. The result is that there is versity, it has recently maintained a large not a dark corner in the entire building, expedition in Peru, making geographical, making it lighter on dark days than most geological, and archeological investigamodern office buildings are when the sun tions around Cuzco, in a region which is is shining
generally believed to have been the birth
place of the famous and little-known Inca THE SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS
It also had an expedition in Alaska The first floor of the new building is investigating the recent eruption of Mt. devoted to the reception offices, the office Katmai, this study being preliminary to of the Assistant Secretary, and the ad a comprehensive investigation of what is dressing and mailing rooms. The second perhaps the most stupendous volcanic belt floor is occupied by the correspondence on the earth. The Society has just condepartment, which receives and answers cluded a series of investigations, extendupward of a thousand letters on the av ing over three years, of the glaciers of erage day. The third floor is devoted to Alaska, one of the most important fields the editorial department.
of geographical research in America. The office of the Director and Editor Its earlier expeditions to Alaska did consists of two rooms, paneled from top much pioneer work in the exploration of to bottom in dark cypress, with an orna that territory. In 1902 the Society sent mental beamed ceiling. Next to these is an expedition to Mount Pelée and La the office of the Associate Editor, paneled Soufrière to study the terrible eruptions throughout with Georgia pine. The gen of these volcanoes. The Society has aseral editorial room is a spacious one, with
sisted various Arctic expeditions, notably perhaps 350 square feet of window space. the last expedition of Robert E. Peary, In this room is the large fireproof vault which discovered the North Pole, April used for storing the thousands of photo- 6, 1909. In 1909 it sent to Sicily a
raphs which have come from all parts trained geologist to investigate the Nesof the world, constituting what probably sina earthquake. A popular account of
THE PRIVATE OFFICE OF GILBERT H. GROSVENOR, THE EDITOR OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE
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