The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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 THE BRAZILIAN BUILDING - Rising out of the foliage of the old park, more ornate and by general opinion more beautiful than any of its fellows, stood the Brazilian Building, a fine example of the French Renaissance architecture which took America by storm between 1850 and 1880, and perished with the introduction of steel construction and "Philadelphia pressed brick." One reason for the abandonment of these beautiful forms was the smoke and dust of manufacturing cities, which not only gathered rapidly in the thousand interstices of these facades, but served to keep out some of the meagre portion of sunlight that was let through the smoke-laden air. But there was not smoke in Jackson Park; its engines ran with kerosene, its lights were electric; here the Brazilian Building was perfect - the expression of the generosity, pride, and spirituality of a people worthy of a better fortune than to be torn with civil war and harassed with news of siege, battle, and revolution. This two-story palace was built with four wings extending from a central dome. The dome was forty-three feet in diameter and forty-three feet high, its crest being one hundred and twenty feet from the floor of the rotunda. The halls of the building were one hundred and forty-eight feet long. On the four pavilions were as many campaniles, seventy feet high, with observatories, which were often sought by visitors, and presented a very attractive appearance on the broad avenue near by. The lower floor was filled with a great display of Brazilian coffee, and the upper floor was furnished with luxury, taste, and splendor excelling the interior of any other structure. Cost, $90,000.
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