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  THE IDAHO BUILDING - The picturesque structure stood on the extreme north line of Jackson Park, over a mile and a half from the Forestry Building, which it recalled. It was built entirely of native materials, and was a log house on a foundation or basement of lava and basaltic rock. The timbers were from young cedar trees, stuffed and stained to reproduce the effects of age, and the posture of its lower and upper balcony, together with modillions of logs upholding a projecting roof, secured for it, by general consent, the name of being the handsomest log house ever erected. It was, in fact, purchased at a good price, to be hereafter used as a summer residence near a Northern resort, where its celebrated chimney-corner will repeat its conquests of 1893. The shakes on the roof were held in place with heavy rocks, and withstood the great Chicago gales. The arched stone entrance seen in the picture opened into a large room, at the end of which was a stick fire-place with log mantel. Stairways led to the second floor, where the windows were glazed with mica. This floor was divided between the men and women, and each room was decorated with a view of recalling mining scenes to the experienced persons who should enter. The men's fire-place was of lava, and the andirons were mde of bear-traps and fish-spears, while arrows, spears, tomahawks and other Indian appurtenances were typified in the furniture. The third floor was in one room for receptions.
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