The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  THE GOVERNMENT BUILDING - There was erected on a broad plaza, which reached to the lake shore, a large and ornate building, surmounted by a high dome, the structure bearing many resemblances to the headquarters of Illinois near by. Both edifices were disliked by many critics, who admired the Art Palace further north. It was held that these two domes, with their various colors, none of them clear, were prejudicial to the appearance of the great Greek Temple which held the pictures of the world; but the Government Building was probably the largest and most expensive undertaking of its kind connected with any of the universal expositions, and it was dedicated to the display of such a number of invaluable relics as will perhaps never again be seen together. The building was the work of Windrim & Edbrooke, architects, of Washington, D. C., and had it not stood in close comparison with more simple greek examples, would have created a strong sense of satisfaction in every beholder, for it had many elegant pavilions with pylon entrances at east and west on which were placed groups of sculpture representing Liberty, by Waagen, and bronze eagles at each of the four pediments. It was crowded all summer, the people fully appreciating the efforts of the War, State, Navy, Treasury, Interior, Postoffice, Justice and Agricultural Departments, and the Fish Commission to impart instruction and afford a high order of entertainment. Dimensions, four hundred and twenty by three hundred and fifty feet. Dome two hundred and seventy-five feet high. Cost, $325,000.
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