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What vision of the future city did the fair present?

Image of Chicago during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.  Image has five sections that are discussed in the text below. A series of lagoons connected the fair grounds by water, reminiscent of Venice. The water provided open vistas, a calming influence, and architectural harmony. The use of electricity on a large scale was one of the main attractions of the Columbian Exposition that made it an exciting place at night. Thomas Edison's General Electric Company was less than a year old when the fair opened. The wide-open spaces of the White City were in stark contrast to the narrow, crowded streets in many parts of Chicago and other major cities. These were spaces for people. The 150 buildings of the Columbian Exposition gleamed as if they were made of marble, but they were really made from a compound called The architects and artists created elaborate neoclassical designs, filled with ornate statues and classic features that would be too expensive if the material and the buildings were to be permanent structures. Was this ancient Greece, Renaissance Italy, Victorian America, or all of these?

1. A series of lagoons connected the fair grounds by water, reminiscent of Venice. The water provided open vistas, a calming influence, and architectural harmony.

2. The use of electricity on a large scale was one of the main attractions of the Columbian Exposition that made it an exciting place at night. Thomas Edison's General Electric Company was less than a year old when the fair opened.

3.The wide-open spaces of the White City were in stark contrast to the narrow, crowded streets in many parts of Chicago and other major cities. These were spaces for people.

4.The 150 buildings of the Columbian Exposition gleamed as if they were made of marble, but they were really made from a compound called "staff," a mixture of plaster of paris and jute fiber which produced a marble effect.

5.The architects and artists created elaborate neoclassical designs, filled with ornate statues and classic features that would be too expensive if the material and the buildings were to be permanent structures. Was this ancient Greece, Renaissance Italy, Victorian America, or all of these?


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Title: Buildings and Court of Honor at the World's Columbian Exposition
Artist: Frances Benjamin Johnston
Date: 1893


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