To the Trustees of Washington & Jefferson College:
Referring to your contemplated Dormitory building, a rough outline plan of which was submitted to me by Prof. Schmitz, I have this offer to make: I will prepare and furnish to the College complete working plans and specifications, aid in letting the contract and supervise the construction of the building, for which my charges will be five (5) per cent of the estimated cost ($50.000) of the building completed for occupancy; three hundred dollars to be paid when the plans and specifications are finished and bids taken, and seven hundred dollars when the building is completed; the balance of fifteen hundred dollars I will donate to the College as my contribution to the Centennial Fund for which you are now soliciting subscriptions, and your receipt for this contribution will be accepted by me in full payment of the balance of my fees over and above the one thousand dollars to be paid in cash as above specified; the plans to be prepared so that bids for the construction of the building can be taken by March 1, 1901.
F.J. Osterling [signature]
We accept the above proposition, subject to the approval of the Board.
J.A. McIlvaine [signature] J.D. Moffat [signature] J. Adolph Schmitz [signature]
Dated January 2, 1901, this document outlines the proposal for payment submitted to the Board of Trustees of Washington & Jefferson College by Frederick J. Osterling, the architect of Hays Hall.33Frederick J. Osterling (1865-1934), prominent Pittsburgh architect, designed several of Pittsburgh's most architecturally significant buildings, including the Union Trust Building, the Arrott Building, and the residences of H.J. Heinz and Henry Clay Frick, and the Washington County Courthouse. Signatures representing the College are J. A. McIlvaine, Trustee, James D. Moffat, President of the College from 1881 to 1915, and Professor James Adolph Schmitz, Professor of German Language and Literature and Principal of the Washington & Jefferson Academy.