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  THE CALIFORNIA BUILDING - The great structure erected by California stretched along the western side of Jackson Park, beginning just north of the Woman's Building, and but a short distance west of the Illinois. Its area was four hundred and thirty-five by one hundred and forty-four feet, with three stories, a Moorish dome one hundred and thirteen feet high, and a roof-garden which was decorated with semi-tropical plants. On the whole, the eye came to admire the sombre and impressive mission-house idea which was represented in this edifice. Its southern porch was classic, but there was no other architectural inconsistency apparent to the layman's eye. Of all the buildings in Jackson Park, "staff" best became the Spanish ones. The stucco of this fabric, and of Rabida, and of the Spanish Building, looked right; and, looking right, there resulted a certain beauty not to be denied. Let but a company of monks in cowls come from these low portals, and the illusion had been complete. Catholic missions at Santa Barbara, San Luis Rey and San Luis Obispo furnished to Mr. P. Brown, the architect of San Francisco, the characteristic features of a native building, and the gorgeous displays and generous distributions of fruit within, contrasted as strongly as possible with the exterior humility of the proud and wealthy State, thus offering to the Eastern visitor the manners and atmosphere of the Golden Gate. This house, like the Illinois and Washington Buildings, was devoted to State exhibits, and was always full of visitors, who looked with interest on many curious, useful, and beautiful things. Cost, $100,000.
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