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  AGRICULTURAL HALL - The great building which occupies the entire distance in this photograph, was the work of the celebrated firm of McKim, Meade & White, of New York, and Philip Martiny, a pupil of St. Gaudens, who is closely connected with the firm of sculptors and architects, took charge of the decorations. St. Gaudens' brazen Diana stands on the summit of the central dome. No other edifice in the New World has yet presented the wealth of ornamentation and the general symmetry and beauty which together distinguished this structure. The splendid details of Corinthian architecture were enriched with a series of sixty Zodiac-bearers, one between each of the arched windows; and a series of sixty statues of Abundance guarded the handsome balustrade. Magnificent groups of equine and bovine statuary garnished the cornice for eighteen hundred feet over many sculptured pediments. At the corners the Horoscopes held their spheres, and the Four Seasons sat in graceful attitudes extending garlands to the sons of toil. There were also extensive mural paintings. The main entrance was sixty-four feet wide, admitting to a rotunda over one hundred feet in diameter on one hundred and fifty feet high. Along the entire front ran a loggia; and, just inside, a line of thirteen foreign nations made a brilliant miscellaneous display. The building was covered with skylights; it had many galleries, and there was an agricultural assembly hall in which lectures were given. The striking effects were all on the exterior, and the eye was lost when it strove to traverse or comprehend the interior. Cost $618,000.
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