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  VICTORIA HOUSE - The building erected by Great Britain at Jackson Park did not commend itself favorably to either the taste or the pride of Americans. It was thought that the mother-country might wisely have made a more imposing if less enduring monument of her good-will; and it is not likely that the feelings thus aroused, and heightened in the striking contrasts afforded by Germany, strengthened the bonds of friendship which were felt by the English Commissioners, for Victoria House got the name of being an exclusive place, where the public hours were short, and the public itself somewhat unwelcome. The structure, which is here elegantly illustrated, was a red-brick half timber cottage in the style of Henry VIII, designed by Col. Edis. In front was the Albert Memorial group, elsewhere portrayed. Lake Michigan is seen beyond the building, showing that it stood very near the granite-paved beach. Upon entering at the front door, a line of ropes pushed the visitor through a fine library, along the side of a luxuriously furnished room whose furniture was for sale, and directly to the side door from which visitors are seen issuing, having passed but a few moments in the interior. Offices of the Commissioners occupied the portions of the house not opened to the public, and Sir Henry Trueman Wood was the dignitary of most consequence who appeared in the British visitation. Area, one hundred and twenty by sixty feet. Cost, $80,000.
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