The Chicago World s Fair of A Photographic Record Originally conceived to commemorate the th anniversary of Columbus s discovery of America the World s Columbian Exposition of was one of the largest acres and most influential aggregation

  • Title: The Chicago World's Fair of 1893: A Photographic Record
  • Author: Stanley Appelbaum
  • ISBN: 9780486239903
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally conceived to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus s 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 entered the grounds now Jackson Park to marvel at the exhibits and displays housed inOriginally conceived to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus s 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 entered 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 Olmsted 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 Peristyle Mary Cassatt s mural in the Woman s Building the pure classicism of the Palace of Fine Arts now the Museum of Science and Industry numerous state and foreign pavilions, 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 Archduke 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 si cle 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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    1. I am curious to know. Where would your trusty time machine take you, if you could turn its brass-plated dials to a particular day, month and year of the past? Would you want to go to Rome 100 B.C. and watch the bloody gladiatorial battles? Or watch the D-Day Invasion in 1944 from a ship in the English Channel? Or see the Coronation of Catherine the Great? Or witness the assassination of Lincoln or Archduke Ferdinand? Or see the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway in 1915? Or perch atop a hill a mile fr [...]

    2. This is a beautiful book. Obviously a it's very specific so it might not appeal to everyone.I consider this a good resource for anyone interested in the 1893 Chicago worlds fair.

    3. A friend left this at my house and I just expected to look at the pictures in the book so that I could get a better perspective on the buildings of the 1893 Columbian Exposition after reading Devil in the White City. I did get that out of the book, but out found the commentary to be the great draw-back to the book. Granted, it was published nearly 30 years ago be a easterner, but I found the the commentary to be biased against ANY design that did not come off a drafting table in New York City. B [...]

    4. An unofficial pictorial companion, in many ways, to Erik Larson's best-seller "The Devil in the White City," this photographic record of the 1893 Columbian Exposition/Chicago World's Fair shows the development of Jackson Park near Chicago, where the fair was built out of nothing in a very short amount of time, against numerous obstacles. The images of this temporary "city" are quite stunning, and answered a number of questions I had as I read through Larson's work of history. Appelbaum's essays [...]

    5. Wonderful collection of photographs, many rare, taken for and during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. These visuals were drawn from the collections at the Avery Library of Columbia University and the Chicago Historical Society. This short work is first and foremost a picture book, but there is some textual commentary supplied by Stanley Appelbaum.

    6. Got this book because I was reading Devil In The White City. Wanted to see the layout and pics of what the heck the author was talking about regarding the Chicago World's Fair (CWF).It served just this purpose. I skimmed the text but really it was more of a point-of-reference book for the pictures.I would totally recommend this for anyone wanting to get a greater pictorial sense of the CWF.

    7. As the other reviews say: worth it for the photographs, not so much the commentary. Some might be a little disappointed by the focus on the neo-classical prestige buildings and not parts us moderns would find of vastly more interest, like the first Ferris wheel, the first Japanese building in the US, Wild Bill's show, etc, but it's still much better than nothing.

    8. Just was reminded by a ' friend' about this work. Now I need to figure out in what safe place I stashed it. Or it is in one of 'the boxes'.I'll eventually add a different review obviously!!

    9. An excellent companion read for Erik Larson's Devil in the White City, this book provides the one thing Larson's book really needed - pictures. The text is far from compelling, but the photographs, which make up the bulk of the book, are awesome.

    10. The writing is pretty boring and academic but this book is all about the photos - over 100 gorgeous, rare pictures of the fair. Since I'm a geek and love the history of the fair, I really enjoyed this.

    11. Wonderful accompaniment to Larson's, Devil in the White City, this book has beautiful images and information about the buildings, architecture, and designers that went into making up the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. Sad to think that all of buildings are gone!

    12. Wonderful accompaniment to Larson's, Devil in the White City, this book has beautiful images and information about the buildings, architecture, and designers that went into making up the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. Sad to think that all of buildings are gone!

    13. Unfortunately, this one is pretty tedious--not anywhere near as interesting as Appelbaum's account of the 1939/40 World's Fair. All we ever seem to hear about is architecture--and it's some pretty tedious architecture at that (sterile and derivative evocations of a long-gone era).

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