Monday, April 20, 2009

~ Fabulous Imperialism~ or Not ~

If one can take and make the time to watch this a well done summery
(as I am closing my little book on The White City )
Pinky (this little kitty) is pretty clever, however the little cat does get some of it wrong ..
1.) builds were sold and moved to others parts of the country ~endless deals cut under the table .
2.) Builds were also removed and placed both in the USA and Europe
(we have one in Mass and another in Maine )
see below
3.) To this day Chicago is still one of the most corrupted political cities in our country
and a dear and close friend said to me best
after seeing and reading all this ..
"It really does almost make our politicians mild compare to this lot" .
I also believe there is a strong powerful reason why we do not have worlds fairs anymore .
An agreement had been made and no one has ever broken it .. Odd !!
I hope you enjoyed or perhaps even learned a thing or two
and next time you are in a museum or art gallery take a look you might see an article from
The White City circa 1893 Chicago ..
I did not even dip into the powerful and sensational Midway the heart of the Fair ..

The fair ended with the city in shock, as popular mayor Carter Harrison, Sr. was assassinated two days before the fair's closing. Closing ceremonies were canceled in favor of a public memorial service. Jackson Park was returned to its status as a public park, in much better shape than its original swampy form. The lagoon was reshaped to give it a more natural appearance, except for the straight-line northern end where it still laps up against the steps on the south side of the Palace of Fine Arts/Museum of Science & Industry building. The Midway Plaisance, a park-like boulevard which extends west from Jackson Park, once formed the southern boundary of the University of Chicago, which was being built as the fair was closing. (The university has since developed south of the Midway.) The university's football team, the Maroons, were the original "Monsters of the Midway". The exposition is mentioned in the university's alma mater: "The City White hath fled the earth,/But where the azure waters lie,/A nobler city hath its birth,/The City Gray that ne'er shall die." Of the more than 200 buildings erected for the fair, the only two which still stand in place are the Palace of Fine Arts and the World's Congress Auxiliary Building. From the time the fair closed until 1920, the Palace of Fine Arts housed the Field Columbian Museum (now the relocated Field Museum of Natural History). In 1933 the building re-opened as the Museum of Science and Industry. The cost of construction of the World's Congress Auxiliary Building was shared with the Art Institute of Chicago, which moved into the building (the museum's current home) after the close of the fair.
Santa Maria
Pinta, Santa Maria, Nina replicas from Spain
Three other significant buildings survived the fair. The first is the Norway avilion, a building preserved at a museum called Little Norway in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. The second is the Maine State Building, designed by Charles Sumner Frost, which was purchased by the Ricker family of Poland Spring, Maine. They moved the building to their resort to serve as a library and art gallery. The Poland Spring Preservation Society now owns the building, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

The third is the Dutch House, which was moved to Brookline, Massachusetts.
The main altar at St. John Cantius in Chicago, as well as its matching two side altars, are reputed to be from the Columbian Exposition. The other buildings at the fair were intended to be temporary.
Their facades were made not of stone, but of a mixture of plaster, cement and jute fiber called staff, which was painted white, giving the buildings their "gleam". Architecture critics derided the structures as "decorated sheds". The White City, however, so impressed everyone who saw it (at least before air pollution began to darken the fa├žades) that plans were considered to refinish the exteriors in marble or some other material.
<>plans were abandoned in July 1894 when much of the fair grounds was destroyed in a fire.
(The fire occurred at the height of the Pullman Strike.)
The exposition was extensively reported by Chicago published William D. Boyce's reporters and artists.There is a very detailed and vivid description of all facets of this fair by the Persian traveler Mirza Mohammad Ali Mo'in ol-Slataneh written in Persian. He departed from Persia on April 20, 1892, especially for the purpose of visiting the World's Columbian Exposition.

The exposition was one influence leading to the rise of the City Beautiful movement Results included grand buildings and fountains built around Olmstedian parks, shallow pools of water on axis to central buildings, larger park systems, broad boulevards and parkways and, after the turn of the century, zoning laws and planned suburbs. Examples of the City Beautiful movement's works include the City of Chicago, the Columbia University campus, and the National Mall in Washington D.C.
After the fair closed, J.C. Rogers, a banker from
Wamego, Kansas, purchased several pieces of art that had hung in the rotunda of the U.S. Government Building. He also purchased architectural elements, artifacts and buildings from the fair. He shipped his purchases to Wamego. Many of the items, including the artwork, were used to decorate his theater, now known as the Columbian Theatre.
Memorabilia saved by visitors can still be purchased. Numerous books, tokens, published photographs, and well-printed admission tickets can be found. While the higher value commemorative stamps are expensive, the lower ones are quite common. So too are the commemorative half dollars, many of which went into circulation.
When the exposition ended the Ferris Wheel was moved to Chicago's north side, next to an exclusive neighborhood. An unsuccessful Circuit Court action was filed against the owners of the wheel to have it moved. The wheel stayed there until it was moved to
St. Louis for the 1904 World's Fair

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