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  THE ELECTRICITY BUILDING - This structure, seen from the northeast, presented a charming view to the visitor, either from the waters of the lagoon or the Wooded Island. However attractive the Electricity appeared to the visitor, it was, perhaps, still more beautiful during the period of its erection, when its sharp arch-holders were net-worked against the sky. The architects, Messrs. Van Brunt & Howe, of Kansas City, were given a site that fronted on the MacMonnies Fountain at the south, and the Wooded Island at the north. The area was six hundred by three hundred and forty-five feet, making it - large as it here seems (and it contained over five acres) - the smallest of the twelve major structures. The architects, displaying the independence of the West, abandoned the classic forms and centered their attention on the middle lines of the building. With a noble treatment of these great spaces, they endeavored to satisfy the eye at the corners with insufficient cupolas and ornaments that lacked in dimension. At the time of building, it was held that the projected nocturnal illuminations compelled this sacrifice of beauty, but there were no extraordinary lightings of this edifice on the exterior. On the evenings during which the interior was alight and the machinery moving, these floors offered the rarest entertainment of the Exposition, with wonders too numerous to name. The exhibitory space covered eight acres of area, and the cost was $410,000.
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