The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
Digital History Collection
Page Next Page
  View larger images: 750x500 pixels or 1500x1000 pixels
  THE GRAND BASIN FROM THE PERISTYLE - This view is from the Columbus Quadriga, on the Colonnade at the harbor, and gives a nearly complete photograph of the Basin. We obtain here a right sense of the width of the lower plazas, between the balustrades of the Basin and the balustrades nearer the buildings. The admirable drapery of the sixty-five foot statue of the Republic is displayed, showing that French was a master of the arithmetic of his art, for nobody could judge of the total effect of this work until it was put together on a thirty-five foot pedestal. The entrance to the statue is seen at the foot of the pedestal, and, doubtless, men are standing in the door. Thus we may be guided to measure the height of the wonderful effigy - perhaps the most successful of its kind that has ever been moulded. On the right is the Manufactures, next the Electricity and next the Mines. In front is the Administration, which but partly hides the Terminal Station. On the left is the Agricultural and, further off, Machinery Hall, whose central northern spires are seen to break the facade line of the Court of Honor, as this square was called. The sea-horses and Barge of State of the MacMonnies' Fountain are but dimly discerned behind the sprays of water. E. C. Potter's bulls and horses are seen at the boat landings on either side of the Basin. The angels on the Administration Building, with all their heroic size, have dwindled to the appearance of tropic plants, and smaller statues barely show at all. Greatest length of Basin, thirteen hundred feet; width, three hundred feet.
Exposition Home Page || Previous Page || Next Page || Dream City Main Page

Copyright, Paul V. Galvin Library
Digital History Collection
Page created: August 26, 1998