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  NEW YORK'S BUILDING - For a long time it appeared that the State of New York, having failed to obtain the permission of Congress to locate the Columbian Exposition within its borders, would be unable to support the idea of holding the Fair elsewhere, especially at Chicago. The directors of the Western local corporation, hoping to escape the scandal of New York's final refusal, clung to the belief that the Empire State would relent, and at the eleventh hour the chief commonwealth accepted the conspicuous site accorded to it, and erected the magnificient structure which, outside and in, reflected the wealth, culture, and progress of the metropolis and its government. The engraving shows the ornate character of the exterior, and its harmony with festal uses and midsummer occupation. Beautiful as was this view in the daytime as seen in the picture, the scene was enhanced in attractiveness at night, when, flanked by the similar illuminations of the Pennsylvania house, the region blazed with light and echoed the music of the world's best-loved composers. The banquet-hall of this structure was the most ornate and highly finished of the large interiors, and perhaps exceeded all but the Tiffany Cathedral in splendor of effects. The firm of architects which built the Agricultural Hall, composed of McKim, Meade & White, was entrusted with this work, and the sculpture, mural decoration, mosaics, plants, and lights which were bounteously spread upon the exterior, with the gorgeous furnishings within, easily sustained the pride and testified the power of New York. The area was 142 x 214 feet, and the cost $77,000.
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