Issue 4 and Volume 33.

REVISING THE BUILDING LAW AT PHILADELPHIA. The present building law of Philadelphia is being revised by a committee specially appointed for that purpose, and although the recommendations will not be quite as far-reaching as the New York city law, yet, if they are adopted, the new law will be a great improvement upon the one now in effect. Care has been taken regarding the limitation of area, as well as height, and considerable discussion has taken place over the provisions relating to the complete shutting off of all floor openings. An agreement has been reached within the committee providing for hatchways and elevators to be inclosed, but it is understood that there is a possibility that stairway openings may be left unclosed. This is in the opinion of many underwriters very unfortunate, and it is hoped the good effect of closed elevators and hatchways will not be nullified by open…

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