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  THE PENNSYLVANIA BUILDING - This was one of the handsomest and most attractive buildings erected by the States. It stood beside New York, opposite the main entrance of the Art Palace, on one of the best sites. Its elegant and thorough finishings within, its broad verandas without, and the presence at its doorway of Liberty Bell , all conspired to make it a favorite meeting and resting place, when not itself given over to the particular festivities of the Keystone State. Our picture represents the fine structure as it looked on its proudest day, when Pennsylvania celebrated in Jackson Park, September 7, 1893. There were forty thousand Pennsylvanians on the grounds, and Governor Pattison was attended by Governor Flower, of New York, and Governor Altgeld, of Illinois. The front of the Pennsylvania Building was a reproduction of Independence Hall, at Philadelphia, having its entrances and tower. The ground area was one hundred and ten by one hundred and sixty-six feet. The front corners were quarter-circled in, and over the veranda was a balcony protected by balustrade. Above the pediment over the front doors was a sculptural State coat-of-arms, and on one side the statue of Penn, and on the other of Franklin. The outer walls were of pressed brick, and the building was made so that it could be moved out of the Park and serve as a public museum. At the concave corners stood groups of statuary - on the left "Mines and Manufactures;" on the right, "Arts and Sciences." Native marbles and woods were used in the rich interior finishings. Eight hundred electric lights made the structure brilliant at night. Cost, $60,000.
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