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  THE FISHERIES - The site allotted to this building was so irregular that a remarkable structure was required, and the creation of Henry Ives Cobb, of Chicago, the architect, at once stamped him as a genius of uncommon resources and invention. The Fisheries Building has been admired without stint, and in its East Pavilion was housed one of the chief attractions of the Exposition - a double row of grottoed and illuminated aquaria, in which the strangest inhabitants of the deep were exposed to convenient view. Here might be seen the King Crab, the Burr-fish, Flounders, Toad-fish, Anemones, Eels, Sturgeon, Catfish, Sharks, Bullfish, Goldfish, Bluefish, Rays, Trout and many other remarkable or beautiful creatures, and it seemed that the circular shape of the building lent itself to the better illumination of decoration of the aquaria. Nothing so beautiful had heretofore been seen west of London. Nearly six hundred feet of glass front were shown in the acquaria, with three thousand square feet of surface water. The surface was many feet above the spectator's head. Condensed salt water was brought from the Atlantic Ocean. Capt. J. W. Collins, the chief of this department, is a veteran officer of the United States Fish Commission. The terminal pavilions were one hundred and thirty-five feet in diameter. The greatest length of the structure was three hundred and sixty-five feet. The area was over three acres, and the cost $225,000. It was characteristic of this building that its decoration was symbolical of life under water. The columns and arches were wrought with tortoises, serpents, calamus, fishes and frogs.
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