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  MANUFACTURES BUILDING FROM NORTH END OF WOODED ISLAND - The Greatest Building that ever Was looms over the still waters of the lagoon, and seems to extend to the lion-fountain at the obelisk. Thus viewed, the height of the stupendous edifice dwindles into length, and the original ideas of the architects remain. For it is to be known that this fabric was at first intended to be rather a gallery than a house. Vast inner courts were to hold the Leather Building and the Music Hall. The Hall of Arches, which made a mountain on the lake front, was a huge addendum, demanded by California, and otherwise compelled by growing demands on the Exposition. Two ordinarily large houses stand at the end - first the Guard and Fire Station, and at the left near the tents, the Army Hospital. They offer a contrast, and will effectively present to the mind the proportions of the main building. There was little or no statuary on these facades. The pylons and pavilions were well supplied with flag-staves, and, on approaching, gave impressions of their height, which was ninety-seven feet at the lowest. It cost $1,700,000 to finish this work. The architect was Mr. George B. Post, of New York. Not only was this the wonder of the world, and the central object of the Fair, but its interior revealed a variety of splendor not heretofore attained by the people of the nations.
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