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  HORTICULTURAL HALL - This building has been called "a capitol at Washington, for the government of roses and sweet violets - a splendid flowery fane." The building and the Wooded Island were to be observed at one and the same time. The island spread before the gorgeous hot-house, as the grounds of Versailles before her Trianons, or the trees of Schonbrun before the palaces of the Austrian Kaiser. The architect was W. L. B. Jenney, of Chicago, and he covered a site nine hundred and ninety-eight feet long by two hundred and fifty feet wide. In the center he built a large dome, one hundred and eighty feet high, which dominated the northern grounds until the domes of the Government and Illinois Buildings so far o'-ertopped it. Supporting the central pavilion, at a distance, on each side, was a rectangular pavilion of good size, and these structures were connected by curtains or galleries, in front and rear, which left two large open inner courts. In the southern of these was a building called "The Kaiser's Wine Cellar," where the wine-growers of Germany, by beautiful panoramic scenes, portrayed the wine-growing regions and cities of the Fatherland. The style of Horticultural Hall was called Venetian Renaissance, and the meaning of that description may best be noted in the facades and roofs of the terminal pavilions, where the hip-roof is observed. The building was decorated with a sculptural frieze and six single figures, all by Loredo Taft, of Chicago, a gentleman who, as a public lecturer and demonstrator, has become widely know for his eloquence, learning and wit. The total cost was $300,000. The sculptors also used this building in 1892.
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