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 - THEATRE ROOF CHANGED. Washington Engineer Says...
THEATRE ROOF CHANGED. Washington Engineer Says His Sug gestions Were Not Carried Out. WASHINGTON. Feb. 10. Use of dou ble I-beams under all trusses and heavy beams in the roof framing of the Knick erbocker Theatre apparently was not carried out as suggested by him, Melvln 8. Rich, engineer, testified today at the Coroner's Inquest Into the collapse of the roof of that theatre with the loss of ninety-eight lives. Mr. Kicn saia ne ue-sirned the oriarlnai roof support, but never agreed with the substituted plans for the roof framing. Mr. Rich testified thst the District of Columbia Building Code called for i seDarators between the beams, but i when be investigated the structure after the crash he could not see any and : therefore came to the direct conclusion ' that they were not used. Harry M. uranaaii. president or tne ; Knickerbocker Theatre Company, said that he relied on the architect and the Bulldina- Inspection Department to in sure safety of the building. He said that the District Building Department t was supreme In theatre matters, and he i assumed that if the architect missed I something wrong, the Building lnepec- j tors would find it-

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 11 Feb 1922, Sat,
  3. Page 18

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