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  OHIO'S BUILDING - The great Ionic columns of the little Ohio Building recalled the era of circuit-riding lawyers and judges, when each court-house boasted a stupendous porch, and arrogated a dignity that no log-cabin could deny. At some of the evening festivals, however, particularly on Ohio Day, this edifice, when hung with Chinese lanterns and fairy lamps, and sitting by the margin of the lagoons with their gondolas, presented a picture that cannot be forgotten. It was erected as a club-house, and no State displays were made within its walls. Twice, at least, Governnor McKinley visited it officially, and on those occasions it was the centre of attraction in the park and Plaisance. President Hayes was deeply interested in its construction, but died as the Fair opened. The Ohio Building stood next to the Art Palace in the triangle occupied by Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana, and boasted a monument of the Gracchi on its plaza. It was designed by James McLaughlin, architect, of Cincinnati, and the mantels, tile roof, and hardware were gifts from citizens of Ohio. The cost was $30,000. The reader will marvel that these mansions, usually of wood and plaster, should bear so heavily on the public purse, but it should be recalled that the wages of the commissioners and clerks were often a part of the charge, and that, in the hurry, confusion, and, above all, the monopoly of Jackson Park, money lost its ordinary purchasing power.
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