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Magazine coverage of the Exposition

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The third photo, the one of the arch, was designed by McKim, Meade and White I see from the statement on the bottom. That was one of the legendary NYC architectural firms and their list of achievements is amazing. It includes Pennsylvania Station, the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park and the arch in Washington Square in Manhattan to name just three. Bobster, I am not all that familiar with this exposition other than some general history. I know it was a very beautiful fair. Was there a board of design? If so, what was their overall objective?

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Jim, I'm afraid I don't know the answers to those questions. I've become interested in this fair because one building remains, the Palace of Fine Arts, and it's a real favorite of mine. But I'm far from an expert.

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It's gorgeous alright. It was reconstructed in the 1960s of permanent materials. Considering it opened in 1915 and was only supposed to be there one year, that's pretty remarkable! The famous architect Bernard Maybeck designed it.

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