James Madison Papers

Presidential Proclamation, 1 January 1810 (Abstract)

§ Presidential Proclamation

1 January 1810, Washington. Suspends building regulations laid down in the first and third sections of the act of 17 Oct. 1791 for the city of Washington.1

FC (DLC: Commissioners of the District of Columbia Collection, 1791–1869). Fragment.

1These provisions, requiring the outer walls of all houses to be built of either brick or stone and regulating the height of house walls, had been suspended for two-year intervals by successive presidents since June 1796, on the grounds that their enforcement would inhibit the settlement of mechanics in the District of Columbia.

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