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Monday, August 28, 2006

Chicago Columbian Exhibition, 1892


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This picture of the Fine Arts building from the Columbian Exhibition (Chicago World's Fair) of 1892 was taken in the late 1920's, just before its renovation. All of the other Beaux Arts buildings had been completely removed as their temporary plaster-and-hemp facings had deteriorated. The Fine Arts building was considered the finest building of the collection. So, the facings of the Fine Arts building were removed, leaving the steel structure and interior brick walls intact. Indiana limestone was used as the new exterior over the steel skeleton, to make the structure permanent. Today, it is the Museum of Science and Industry, and its current appearance is shown below.


  • At 4:04 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    Greg, have you read "The Devil in the White City?" It tells all about the exposition and I found it fascinating.

  • At 11:01 AM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…


    I just bought it at Barnes & Noble last night, and it looks great. I'm very happy that it's historical, and not a novel, too! I enjoy novels, but I prefer to learn something about the Fair, too!



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