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  GUATEMALA'S BUILDING - Many visitors might, at first, blame the architects of the Exposition that they did not give to the foreign nations far more conspicuous stations in Jackson Park, but it must be recalled that the success of the Fair, both objectively and subjectively, was not attained with a single stroke, but was a gradual growth. At first, the foreign nations wanted little or nothing of it. Even in the end, Italy and Austria came near to a total default. In this manner, and for this reason of delay, when the Central and South American nations found it advisable to move in the matter, the ground was all taken, and the spaces had to be assigned off the grand avenues and among the shade trees that had been spared to mitigate the summer's heat. The building of the Republic of Guatemala was situated on the southern shore of the north pond, between Costa Rica and Brazil. Like Spanish houses in general,the architect looked to the open interior court, with its rustic fountain and pyramid of tropical plants, for his main effects of the senses, and this spot, in the hot months, was one of the pleasantest in Chicago, clearly demonstrating the lack of summer architecture in northern climes. Here, again, the red and green plumage of birds was the chief spectacle, and coffee was the staple exhibit. The house was one hundred and eleven feet square, and in an artistic inclosure near by, the Guatemalans sold coffee by the cup and dispensed good music. Cost of building, $40,000.
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