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  THE SOUTHERN COLONNADE - The architectural device portrayed in this picture was presented to the eye of the visitor for the purpose of shutting from view the car-yards, packing-case houses, and stock pavilions of the exposition. Looking from the porch of the Art Palace, this south screen was the end of things; the north and west sides of the park lacked a similar dignity. It must be said that though the blue and illimitable lake was the eastern boundary of the Fair, its west and its north was a board fence - a stockage no better and less excusable than the walls of Camp Douglas or Andersonville. This Southern Colonnade, the exemplar of future outside walls for World's Fairs, connected, or nearly connected, Machinery Hall with the Agricultural building. Its columns were Corinthian, and some of them were further enriched with success. The archway offered an entrance to the amphitheatre in which were displayed the world's thorough-bred beasts, and a station of the Intramural Railroad offered to those visitors who stopped at this point not only the greatest vista of the exposition, but, at night, an advantageous point from which to remark the play of rainbow-lights on sparkling waters, and the other illuminations which elicited the praise of mankind. Both chariot-groups on high, and the lion below, were by M. A. Waagen; the jaguars were by Kemeys and Proctor. The architect of the Colonnade was C. B. Atwood, of Chicago.
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