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  KENTUCKY'S BUILDING - The large structure with Ionic porch, which was erected by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, stood directly across the lateral avenue from West Virginia, on the northern circle in Jackson Park. In front of it, on its lawn, was a statue of Daniel Boone, modeled at Chicago by Miss Enid Yandell, of Louisville. In the great hall stood a statue, in modern style, of Henry Clay, the idol of all Kentuckians. The area, exclusive of porches, was ninety-five by seventy-five feet, with the main entrance under the great porch. Here we may see the retention of colonial dignity. The eye was to be impressed, especially by the Court House, or the lord's manor. The sun and heat and frost of a climate harsher than England's had not yet suggested the severity of the Spanish form, nor had the Middle West risen up to throw both forms to the winds, and make a veranda for summer and a winter-house, all together. In the three large exhibitory rooms of this building were shown the tobacco and distilling interests of the state, and dining-room, kitchen, commissioners' rooms and other apartments were liberally provided. The architects were Maury & Dodd, of Louisville, who expended about $18,000, and obtained a highly creditable results. Great fire-places and a reputation for hospitality made this building famous among the mansions of the park, and many reunions and receptions were held, at several of which Henry Watterson was a distinguished figure.
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