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  THE PERISTYLE - This magnificient colonnade takes its name from a projected peristyle of columns that was to have encircled the harbor of the Fair, but was happily abandoned for this simplier and more beautiful form. Through this portal came all visitors by lake, and it was by this entrance alone that the architecture of the Exposition could be effectively judged. The colonnade in which this portal was centrally placed contained forty-eight great Corinthian columns, and connected the Casino on the south with the Music Hall on the north. The States and Territories of the Union were symbolized in the columns. Placed upon the arch of triumph, in the most distinguished position, stood the Columbus quadriga, or four-horse chariot, designed by the sculptors French and Potter, completed at a cost of $15,000. On pedestals at the right and left of the portal are groups representing the "Genius of Navigation," the creations of Bella G. Pratt, of New York. Heroic figures stand in double row on the balustrade, representing Eloquence, Music, Navigation, Fisherman and Indian, and fill the spaces between the two terminal structures. The promenade beneath its colonnade at night, under the incandescent lights that ornamented as well as illuminated its high spaces, was much frequented, especially by visitors who were watching the display of fireworks. The inscriptions on the Peristyle were suggested by President Eliot of Harvard University. It will be noted that other explorers beside Columbus are honored in this classic structure. The cost of the Peristyle, Music Hall and Casino was $200,000, and the architect was C. B. Atwood, of Chicago.
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