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1918 October 26: Fairmount Parkway officially declared open
1919 June 16: Horace Trumbauer directed to provide steel frame in place of the masonry, load-bearing walls for the central library
1920 February 25: Mayor J. Hampton Moore requests that the central library be redesigned to reduce cost
March 30: Horace Trumbauer reduces the size of the central library from seven to six million cubic feet
September 14: Bids are opened for the excavation and construction of the central library foundations, John Gill & Son's bid of $425,000 is the lowest; all bids are later rejected by the Department of Public Works as too high
December 21: New bids are opened for the excavation and construction of the foundations; Standard Construction Company's bid of $268,750 is the lowest
1921 Sculptor Hermon Atkins MacNeil and architects Lord & Hewlett erect a pair of stelae as the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial at Twentieth Street and the Fairmount Parkway
February 14: The Standard Construction Company restarts construction of the central library foundations

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