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1893 Print Chicago World's Fair State Buildings Utah - ORIGINAL HISTORIC FAR1

1893 Print Chicago World's Fair State Buildings Utah - ORIGINAL HISTORIC FAR1

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State Buildings.

This is an original 1894 halftone print showing the State buildings, which include Colorado, Utah, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Colorado State building has an architectural style is of the Spanish Renaissance. At either side of the entrance are two slender towers that rise almost 60 feet above the roof and taper to a point from balconies and windows near the top. The main entrance is forty feet wide and consists of three arched portals into a portico of about 28 feet deep. The South Dakota building is two stories tall and cost about $15,000 to construct. The front contains a wide veranda that extends across the building with the center rounding out in a curve. The veranda roof forms a balcony at the second story and is roofed to the extent of the bow. The structure is covered to prevent weathering and provide shelter from the elements. The structure is made of Yankton cement, which was treated to appear stone in nature. The North Dakota building is two stories high and has a wide veranda in front of each level. It is composed of a balustrade design, which extends around the the building above. There is a cornice enclosing the roof, which adds to the attractiveness of the structure. (Please note that, typical of halftone prints, there is printing on the reverse.)

Period Paper has obtained a wonderful set of halftone images of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, also known as the World Columbian Exposition. This collection of the fair's many architectural, artistic, mechanical, agricultural, industrial, archeological, ethnological, historical, and scenic attractions was published in 1894.

The World Columbian Exposition was held from May to October 1893 in Chicago in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the new world. In competition with many other cities, Chicago was finally designated the official site and the Exposition was built on 630 acres in and around Jackson Park. It was a spectacular display of progress and prosperity, and included among its many wonders electrical exhibits, exhibits from other countries, and a popular amusement area on Midway Plaisance with carnival rides, among them the first Ferris Wheel. Most of the fair's architecture was based on classical design which gave the area around the Court of Honor the name "The White City."


This 117+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. Some light surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the reverse. We will also include the text related to this image for reference.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.25 x 8.25 inches; 26 x 21 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: Architecture