The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
Digital History Collection
Page Next Page
  View larger images: 750x500 pixels or 1500x1000 pixels or Floor Plan [1] [2]
  THE MINES AND MINING BUILDING - The $265,000 which were spent by S. S. Beman, the architect, on this edifice were, in a large measure, bestowed on the enduring interior steel construction, which was the principal characteristic of the palace. It was one of the earliest works on the grounds; its steel pillars were first in place; and its Chief, F. J. V. Skiff, of Denver, was the only one of the Director General's lieutenants to open his building on May 1st, with a display nearly complete. The Mines Building had about nine acres of floor space, including a gallery extending entirely around, in rectangular form. There was no sculpture on its pylons or pavilions, nor did its portals express other than the material worth and endurance of its architecture. But, placed as it was, between the red Transportation and the equally unconventional Electricity, the Mines Building, probably, by its lines of stately simplicity, redeemed the scene, and kept its neighbors from looking worse. A skylight ran the whole length of the building, and the ingenious exhibit of Baron Stumm, the favorite of Emperor William, made a central piece for the building. Here, too, the Zulus washed diamonds before a continuous queue of people, and the Montana silver statue, weighing five thousand pounds, was seen by millions. Mexico showed a golden castle of Chapultepec. In the gallery was a nugget of gold worth $41,000, and a meteorite might be seen that weighed one thousand and fifteen pounds. Nuggets of gold and crystallized silver were wondrously plentiful, and always the object of popular attention. Area, seven hundred by three hundred and fifty feet.
Exposition Home Page || Previous Page || Next Page || Dream City Main Page

Copyright, Paul V. Galvin Library
Digital History Collection
Page created: August 26, 1998