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In 1919 an appropriation of $200,000 from the Capitol Building fund was granted by the legislature for the construction of a suitable Memorial Building to be erected on the grounds of the Capitol at Bismarck, in commemoration of the men who fought and fell in the service of our country during the Great War. In designing this building it was kept in mind that the type of architecture embodied in it would necessarily dictate to some extent the design of a future Capitol Building, or buildings. As a consequence a classic design was decided upon, and it is expected that administrative boards in the future will appreciate the desire of this Board to design a building scheme which will present a harmonious whole when completed. When bids were called for on the plans and specifications for the construction of this proposed Memorial Building, several months had elapsed since the design of the building had been decided upon. This presented a problem not easy of solution and it was felt by the Board that a building of such distinctive and patriotic character should not be unnecessarily delayed in construction if it could be avoided. Alternative bids on the construction of the sub-basement and basement up to the slab of the first story had been called for,and the contract was let for this partial construction to the lowest bidder. The work on this partial construction will be finished early next spring and new bids will be called for to complete the building. It is estimated that it will require about $350,000 to construct the building complete, or a further appropriation from the Capitol Building Fund of $150,000, and the same is requested.