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  THE GERMAN BUILDING - Easily foremost among the foreign structures at the Exposition stood the German Building, on a choice site, with the waves of Lake Michigan beating over the granite-paved strand not fifty feet away. The German Building preserved the peculiarities of architecture in the Fatherland, as was done at the German Village, on Midway Plaisance; but there was added to the imperial edifice at the lake shore, a grace and a beauty that all were swift to admire and praise. "The German House" was poetical; it had a hundred delicacies of color and ornament that gladdened the hours in Jackson Park. It cost $250,000, so that the light and airy in architecture does not appeal to economy. There hung in its tall belfry a set of the deepest and sweetest bells that ever came West, and they were returned to the Church of Mercy, in Berlin, which was erecting in memory of the late Empress Augusta. The ground area was one hundred and fifty by one hundred and seventy -five feet. The cupola rose to one hundred and fifty feet. The notable things were the Swiss veranda, the Gothic bays, the high colors, and the ingenious adjustment of the Exposition plaster or "staff" to the South German methods of "castle"- building. The main portion of the fabric simulated a chapel, and by the inner timbering and furnishings of sacred figures, organs, candles and bibles, bore out the ecclesiastical idea. The right-hand region of the raftered and galleried house was filled with rare displays of books, and the visitor might there behold, often for the first time, a full set of Tauchnicz's volumes, or Handel's, Bach's and Mozart's complete works.
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