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KOB THE USE OF
DRAWING PLANS FOR THE INSTITUTION
Deaf and Dumb, and the Blind.
EDWARD BOSQUI & CO., PRINTERS, 517 CLAY ST.
MEMORAIDA FOR ARCHITECTS.
The Commissioners, appointed by the last Legislature,
for the location and erection of a new Institution for the
Deaf and Dumb, and the Blind, having purchased a site,
offer the following Memoranda, for the use of architects
who may wish to submit plans for the buildings to be
I. It should be borne in mind that there is no natural
association between the deal and dumb, and the blind.
The bringing the two classes under one and the same
management, for rpurposes of education, is simply an
II. In order that economy may thus be secured,
without detriment to either class, it is essential that per-
fect isolation of the blind, from the deaf and dumb, be
preserved throughout the buildings, except in the dining
room and culinary department.
III. The plan must provide for complete separation
of the sexes, save in school exercises, at meals, and
during chapel service.
IV. The plan must embrace present accommodations
for 120 pupils — To deaf and dumb, and 50 blind — with
capabilities for enlargement sufficient for a future aggre-
gate of 250 pupils. It is desirable, however, that the
buildings to be erected under the present appropriation
should be as complete as possible both externally and
Y- It is expected that in time numbers will necessi-
tate a division of the blind from the deaf and dumb:
reference, therefore, should be had to the ultimate occu-
pation of the building by deaf and dumb alone.
VI. For the efficient working of the Institution a flbor
superficies of about 25,000 feet, exclusive of halls, will
be required, divided into rooms and approximate dimeii-
sions, as follows:
1 Chapel, accommodating 200 persons .... 1600 ft.
1 Eeception and Library room, about 360 "
Museum 360 "
1 Dining room, with bread, crockery, and sink
closets 1600 "
1 Family Dining room, 12x16, and China closet. 200 "
1 Suite of three rooms, for Principal, with bath
room and closets 900 "
1 Office for Steward, 14x14 196 "
4 Rooms for Teachers, 16x16, with closets, ab't 1100 "
2 Eooms for Matron, 12x16 and 12x12, with
closets, about 338 "
1 Room for Assistant Matron, 14x14, with
closet, about 200 "
2 Hospital rooms, 12x12, with Medicine closet. . 288 "
1 Room attached to Hospital, on the girls' side,
for seamstress and nurse, 12x10 120 "
1 Linen and Bed clothes closet, 10x10 100 "
1 Spare room, 14x14. . . 196 "
1 Kitchen, 25x25, with two large closets and
coal bunkers .... 625 ft.
2 Store rooms, a large closet in one, about .... 300 ft.
1 Laundry, 25x25, with 2 closets and coal b'kr. 625 "
3 Rooms for servants, 12x12 432 "
1 Coal and Wood room, 12x12 144 ''
Apartments for Deaf and Dumb.
1 Sitting room for boys, 30x30 900 ft.
1 Sitting room for girls, 30x30 900 ••
4 Class rooms, 20x22, closet in each 1760 "
1 Room for apparatus, 10x12 120 "
Dormitories for 40 boys 2400 "
Dormitories for 30 girls 1800 "
1 Clothes room for boys
1 Clothes room for girls
Bath and Wash rooms
Apartments for the Blind.
1 Sitting room, 25x25, for boys 625 ft.
1 Sitting room, 30x30, for girls 900 "
3 Class rooms, 14x14. . . '. 588 "
2 Music rooms, 12x12, with closets for instrum'ts 288 "
1 Room for apparatus 120 '"'
Dormitories for 25 boys 1500 "
Dormitories for 25 girls 1500 "
1 Clothes room for boys
1 Clothes room for girls
Bath and Wash rooms
Must have access from all the sitting rooms, but espe-
cially from the sitting rooms of the deaf and dumb, and
also from the front or central hall of the Institution. It
must be provided with a platform, 14 by 6 feet, and 2
The Dining Room
Must communicate, (by separate passages, if possible)
with all the sitting rooms, the front hall, and -with the
On the boys' side must communicate with the boys'
sitting rooms, and with the wash rooms in the basement.
It is desirable that 1000 feet of dormitory room should
be devoted to a juvenile department. The dormitories
must be supplied with watec closets.
The Reception Room and Museum
Must be adjacent to the Central hall.
Should be on the main floor, and easy of access from
the boys' department.
The Teachers' Rooms
Should be located as pleasant!}' as possible, command-
ing the dormitories or the stairs leading thereto.
The Principal's Rooms
Should be removed as much as possible from the noise
incident to large gatherings of children.
The Rooms for Matron and Assistant
Must be on the girls' side. The Assistant Matron's
must be up stairs, commanding the dormitories of the
The Class Rooms for Deaf and Dumb
Must communicate with the sitting rooms for the deaf
The Class Rooms foe the Blind
Must communicate with the sitting rooms devoted to
As the sexes have to be associated in class exercises,
it is necessary that communication be provided between
the sitting rooms and class rooms of the blind. The
same arrangement to be made for the deaf and dumb.
Must be located, one on each side, in suitable places.
To the female hospital must be attached the nurse's room.
The Music Rooms
Must be retired as possible, that the noise therefrom
may not disturb the household.
Must be situated towards the female department.
Water Closets and Bath Rooms
Are to be provided for the use of the family.
From the respective apartments of the deaf and dumb
and the blind should not communicate with each other,
and should open on separate play-grounds.
Must be amply provided for ; and also heating by fur-
nace or steam.
VII. It is proposed to use for the exterior walls of
the building, stone from the Angel Island, Yerba Buena
Island, or some equally good quarries. The inside work
is to be handsomel}^ finished in white cedar ; the rooms
frequented by the pupils are to be wainscoifted to the
height of three feet; and the windows are to be fur-
nished with inside blinds. The basement is to be ten
(10) feet in the clear, and the three other stories to aver-
age fourteen (14) feet in height.
VIII. The cost of the building to be erected at
present must not exceed seventy thousand (70,000)
IX. The architect whose plans may be accepted,
must furnish complete working drawings and specifica-
tions of the building, and of any furniture or fittings that
may be required ; also of any necessary out-bui.dings.
X. -The building will be constructed under the general
supervision of the aforesaid architect, who will be held
responsible for the due execution of the work. The
Superintendent of Works will be appointed by the Com-
missioners, at the expense of the architect.
XI. The ^.foresaid architect shall be entitled to re-
ceive five (5) per cent, on the cost of the buildings — pro-
vided, however, that the buildings can be contracted for
with satisfactory securities, at a cost not exceeding the
architect's estimates by more than ten (10) per cent. ;
and provided, also, that his commissions as aforesaid
shall in no case be on an amount exceeding his own esti-
mate of cost. If contracts cannot be made within the
limit above' stated, the Commissioners reserve the right
to reject the plan.
XII. When the contracts are let, the architect shall
be entitled to receive one thousand (1,000) dollars. The
Commissioners will reserve twelve hundred (1,200) dol-
lars out of the architect's commissions, to pay the sub-
superintendent, and the balance due the architect will
be paid when the building is completed.
XIII. The architect whose plan is, in the judgment
of the Board, second best, shall receive three hundred
(300) dollars. The architect of the third best plan shall
likewise receive two hundred (200) dollars.
XIV. All plans to which premiums are awarded are
to become the property of the Board. All other plans
to be returned to the architects who submitted them.
XV. Plans offered to the Board, in competition, are
to be made in line drawings, no colors to be used except
Sepia or India ink. All drawings shall be made on a
uniform scale of one-fourth (^) of an inch to the foot.
Plans will also be accompanied by outline specifications
and approximate estimates in detail.
XVI. The Board of Commissioners reserve the right
to reject all plans proposed and submitted.
The Principal will afford to architects any assistance
in his power, and be ready, at all times, to confer with
those who may desire the benefit of his experience.
Plans are to be handed in to the Office of the Commis-
sioners, No. 606 Montgomery Street, or to Wm. Sher-
man, Chairman Building Committee, corner Sansome
and Commercial streets, on or before the eighteenth day
of Mav, 1867.
IRA P. RANKIN,
J. A. Benton,