Spectacle in the White City: The Chicago 1893 World's Fair

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Over 27 million people visited the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. Countless more experienced the fair through the wondrous images of C. D. Arnold, the era's foremost architectural photographer. Through his luminous pictures, Arnold became the event's leading historian, publicist, and visual philosopher. This gallery of Arnold's photographs, painstakingly retouched to achieve a new radiance, presents a magnificent tribute to the "White City" of shining ...
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Hardcover New The World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893, combined nostalgia for the United States' European roots with a celebration of the nation's emergence ... as a world power. A splendid tribute to the exposition's White City of shining Beaux-Arts buildings, this hardcover volume offers a grand photographic record, printed in a sweeping landscape format. Essays and captions by a noted historian offer a guided tour of this prelude to 20th-century America's artistic and industrial might. 128 photographs. Read more Show Less

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Over 27 million people visited the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. Countless more experienced the fair through the wondrous images of C. D. Arnold, the era's foremost architectural photographer. Through his luminous pictures, Arnold became the event's leading historian, publicist, and visual philosopher. This gallery of Arnold's photographs, painstakingly retouched to achieve a new radiance, presents a magnificent tribute to the "White City" of shining Beaux-Arts buildings.
In addition to its visual tour of the Exposition's extensive buildings and grounds, this lavish book also celebrates a city that treasures its architecture. The classical Greek and Roman design expressed by the Chicago World's Fair defined the course of American monumental building for decades to come, and the text accompanying these historic photographs provides fascinating interpretations of the Exposition's influence on American building styles and tastes. From conception to closing day and beyond, Spectacle in the White City offers glimpses of past splendor that will be treasured by Chicagoans, history buffs, and lovers of fine art and photography.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781606600061
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 2/26/2009
  • Series: Calla Editions Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 12.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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    A definite for those who like the 1893 World's Fair

    This was purchased as a gift for my mother who has something of an obsession with the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. It has been one of her favorite gifts and she is absolutely thrilled with the photographic record provided by this lovely coffee table book.

    It is bound very nicely, and is a handsome volume to display.

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