The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  DETAILS OF THE HORTICULTURAL DOME - The engraving offers to the reader and student a searching view of the central one of three pavilions in Horticultural Hall. The curtains at right and left lead to large but less impressive features of the structure. The rich sculptural garniture of this building was the work of Professor Lorado Taft, the accomplished art lecturer and sculptor. Some figures are also to be seen in groups and over the Ionic columns. The sculpture of Taft is like the genius of the man - smooth rather than notable - rich, pleasing, but conventional, although on the best models. The padding to protect the gondolas may be seen at the landing, and the spacious ascent to the quay. The great dome springs up from four small but ornate hemispheres, with by far the broadest expanse of any of the similar constructions in this rich field of domes. The fidelity of the sculptural decorations is certified on every frieze, stanchion, balustrade, and on the corona that recalls the summit of the Administration dome. This was doubtless the largest hot-house ever erected. It was to fulfil its office as a conservatory and yet stand creditably among the colossal halls which were required for the display of the world's industries. Its diameter was one hundred and eighty feet and its height one hundred and fourteen feet. Its crystal construction, and its happy angular posture in the great aquatic vista, were noted with relief by the most critical, and praised by all. Rarely has there been a more successful adjustment to necessities than was shown in this proud home of flowers.
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