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  THE EAST INDIAN BUILDING - This beautiful structure stood near the northern terminal of the Intramural Railway, and was erected at the expense of the British Government in Hindostan, although the empire failed to arrange for an official representative. Here the visitor saw the true Oriental idea of ornamentation in architecture such as developed in the Golden Doorway of the Transportation Building further southward on the grounds, and it cannot be denied that the Asian decoration was worthy of the praise of its poets, nor should it be forgotten that golden doorways are for tropical climates, and ill-fitted to the bitter blasts and frosts of North America. The colors on the Indian Building were striking and harmonious; the celebrated Taj Mahal at Agra having served as an example to the builder. The structure was rectangular, eighty by sixty feet, and its main room was surrounded with a gallery in which goods were displayed. The main entrance was through a lofty arch surmounted by minarets which also rose from the corners of the edifice. Under the portal was a wide space, making a hemicycle similar to the one at the south end of the Electricity Building. The Indian Building, which cost $15,000, was built as a bazaar in which Mr. S. J. Tellery, one of the leading East Indian traders, was to carry on his trade under the patronage of the native rulers of Hyderabad, Joodpoor, Patteeala, Kapoorthella, Mahoor, Jheend, Kerowlee and Kutch. The building was redolent with sandalwood, and the natives who served tea and waited on customers were handsome and polite.
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