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  THE GERMAN CASTLE - This faithful specimen of South German architecture stood in the German Village, on Midway Plaisance, and was surrounded by a small foss and a moat. It led many Americans to wonder why, when the Germans came to America in millions, they did not import some of their tasteful ideas of building, rather than to accept the inane and uniform cottages of Chicago and all western cities. This is an example of the methods which are enriched in the German House, on the lake shore, where the Imperial Commissioners had their offices. It was used as a museum for a large collection of antique armor, to behold which an extra fee of admission was charged. It was one of many buildings in the village, and testified that the word "Castle" goes for less in Germany, where there are castles, than in America, where there were none except on Midway Plaisance. Visitors entered a free gate (until late in the season) and came on a village green, with sports such as a horse-shoe-shaped bowling alley, and other contrivances. There was beer for sale, and anon the Castle invited the curious. Beyond was the real attraction, a bandstand, with musicians from the principal regiments of Berlin, and an orchestra that kept its hold on Germans until the close of the Fair. The restaurant employed a French chef, and was praised early in the season. The engraving shows the progress of construction, late in April, 1893.
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