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The Chicago World's Fair of 1893: A Photographic Record (Dover Architectural Series)

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Originally conceived to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America, the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 was one of the largest (633 acres) and most influential aggregations of human talent, energy and industry ever assembled. More than 27 million visitors enetered the grounds (now Jackson Park) to marvel at the exhibits and displays housed in some 200 buildings, including those of 79 foreign governments and 38 states. Although the Fair had its share of "firsts" (original Ferris wheel, first midway, Edison's kinetoscope, etc.), its chief marvel was its architecture. It is that aspect which is emphasized in this striking photographic record.

Beginning with an overview of the fair's planning and conceptual stages, Stanley Appelbaum's well-researched text then proceeds to a fascinating discussion of the personalities, regional rivalries and intense controversy surrounding the Beaux-Arts architecture (the "White City" style) of the fair, including its enormous impact on subsequent American architecture. The contributions of such outstanding architects and firms as R. M. Hunt, McKim, Mead and White, Frederick Law Olmstead and Peabody and Stearns are described.

The book then becomes a building-by-building walking tour of the fair ? imaginatively reconstructed with the help of 128 sharply reproduced rare contemporary photographs, printed on fine coated stock, and a concise, fact-filled text. The placid basins, ponds and Lagoon that graced the fairgrounds lend a serene aura to these priceless views of the great buildings and sights of the fair: the Beaux-Arts glories of the Administration and Agriculture Buildings; Daniel Chester French;s statue of the Republic; the Columbian Fountain by Frederick MacMonnies; the Golden Door of Louis Sullivan's Transportation Building; the pure classicism of the Palace of Fine Arts (now the Museum of Science and Industry); numerous state and foreign pavillions, and of course, the Midway ? the first separate amusement area at a world's fair, and the reputed location of Little Egypt's celebrated danse du ventre.

In the concluding section, the author touches on other memorable aspects of the fair and its times: the Panic of 1893; the Pullman Strike; famous visitors (Archiduke Ferdinand, the Spanish Infanta, etc.); cultural and social congresses, and finally, the disastrous fires that ultimately destroyed many of the buildings. For social and cultural historians, Chicagoans, and anyone interested in the special magic of a world's fair, this book is a loving and nostalgic look back ? to a time bathed in the golden light of the fin-de-siècle years, when a colossal spectacle of human achievement in art, science and industry captured the world's attention for one magic and unforgettable moment.

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rare photos show Beaux-Arts architecture, Midway, Ferris Wheel, more. Architectural emphasis; full text.

Synopsis:

128 rare, vintage photographs: 200 buildings — 79 of foreign governments, 38 of U.S. states — the original ferris wheel, first midway, Edison's kinetoscope, much more. 128 black-and-white photographs. Captions. Map. Index.

Synopsis:

Colossal spectacle preserved in 128 rare, vintage photographs with concise, fact-filled text: 200 buildings — 79 of foreign governments, 38 of U.S. states — the original ferris wheel, first midway, Edison's kinetoscope, much more. 128 black-and-white photographs. Captions. Map. Index.

About the Author

Stanley Appelbaum served for decades as Dover's Editor in Chief until his retirement in 1996. He continues to work as a selector, compiler, editor, and translator of literature in a remarkable range of languages that includes Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Russian.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486239903
Author:
Appelbaum, Stanley
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Editor:
Appelbaum, Stanley
Author:
Appelbaum, Stanley
Author:
Appelbaum, Stanley, Comp
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Arts, fine
Subject:
World's columbian exposition (1893: chicago,
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Architectural Series
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
19800631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
116
Dimensions:
11 x 8.25 in 0.84 lb

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"Synopsis" by , rare photos show Beaux-Arts architecture, Midway, Ferris Wheel, more. Architectural emphasis; full text.

"Synopsis" by ,
128 rare, vintage photographs: 200 buildings — 79 of foreign governments, 38 of U.S. states — the original ferris wheel, first midway, Edison's kinetoscope, much more. 128 black-and-white photographs. Captions. Map. Index.

"Synopsis" by ,
Colossal spectacle preserved in 128 rare, vintage photographs with concise, fact-filled text: 200 buildings — 79 of foreign governments, 38 of U.S. states — the original ferris wheel, first midway, Edison's kinetoscope, much more. 128 black-and-white photographs. Captions. Map. Index.
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