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  SOUTH PORCH OF THE ART PALACE - This was the centre of the great Ionic picture that awoke so much enthusiasm among architects of the world. It was approached by water, and the object of its creator, in uniting mass with simplicity and still preserving Ionian conventions, was here best apprehended. Mr. C. B. Atwood, the architect of the Peristyle and South Colonnade, erected this huge temple, and, following the measurements of the ancient builders, he added roof and dome in accordance with the development of modern architectural ideas. We may note the moderated dome simulating the early treatment of that form of superstructure, and the small tympanum of the pediment into which the sculptor has put only the word "Art"; but such was the noble influence of its surroundings that this was perhaps the only highly impressive inscription in the Exposition. The caryatides, wherever seen, are by Martiny, for after the rapidity and success with which he had covered the Agricultural Buiding with statues, he was solicited to give his aid to the Art Palace. Here he did not catch the spirit of the sylvan dell, or did not have time or headway, since his winged Victory, surmounting the dome, was soon removed as supererogatory. The statue on the stairway, by Olin L. Warner, was one of eight somewhat similar figures. The lions were made by Edward Kemeys and A. Phimester Proctor. The Art Palace remains as the home of the Field Columbian Museum.
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