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The Columbian Exposition of 1893 In 1890 Congress approved a Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America During the second half of the 19th century there were fairs and expositions held in London Paris and other great cities throughout the world The Worlds Columbian Exposition held in 1893 was the first significant and economically successful US worlds fair In this paper I will discuss the history of the Columbian Exposition by analyzing and answering these important components Why was it built Who attended What were the attractions Finally I will end with a discussion about the Nations connection to the rest of the world during the Columbian Exposition In order to have a successful worlds fair you must find someone whom can make such a dream into a reality Beginning in 1891 the Expositions Chief Planner Daniel Burnham and Chief Landscape Architect Fredrick Olmstead managed the design and construction Olmstead chose marshy Jackson Park to create his visions A group of well-known architects including Henry Ives Cobb Fish and fisheries building Richard Morris Hunt Administration building Charles McKim- Agricultural building George B Post Manufactures building and Louis Sullivan transportation building Sophie Hayden Womans Building Other architects that took part include W L B Jenney Horticultural Building Peabody Stearns Machinery Building S S Beman Mines and Mining Building Van Brunt Howe Electricity Building And C B Atwood-Peristyle designed the Music Hall Casino Fine Arts Building Forestry Building Dairy Building and the Terminal Railway Station Planners selected a neo-classical architectural theme for the fair over the objections of the more original Chicago architects Although two architects shunned the neo-classical style Cobb the designer of the famous Potter Palmer mansion leaned towards a Romanesque style for his Fisheries
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