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  THE MICHIGAN BUILDING - Situated in close proximity to the Art Palace on the one side and the California Building on the other, the one an Athenian temple and the other a Moresque mission-house, both severe and simple in contour, the Gothic lines of several of the structures of Western States - particularly in the homes of Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Colorado - were sharply criticized at the beginning, when it was believed that the Exposition must depend largely on its artistic effects. But when the crowds grew to two hundred thousand a day on the average, the welcome verandas of these hospitable State buildings proved the wisdom of their architects, and comfort reigned while Athens went back into the school-books and art-magazines. Here on this spacious porch the weary family could eat its food free from the vexatious delays at the overcrowded restaurants, while within were great halls for evening parties where the distinguished sons and beautiful daughters of the commonwealth often gathered to the sound of festal music. In the Muskegon Room was a large piano; in the assembly-room of the second floor, a large pipe organ. On the second floor, also, was an exhibit of State resources, and some of the collections made by the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The third floor was occupied by the officers and servants in charge of the building. Stuffed animals, a huge map of the State, and art exhibits were to be seen. The architects were M. L. Smith & Son, of Detroit. Cost $50,000; area, eighty by ninety feet.
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