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  PORTAL OF THE GREAT MANUFACTURES BUILDING - The Manufactures Building at Chicago was by all odds the largest house ever reared by man. Even its plan was a growth, for the architect, George B. Post, of New York, did not contemplate more that a rectangular facade, enclosing a field in which other buildings might be placed, as was the case at Horticultural Hall. It was at the demand of Commissioner De Young, of California, that the Hall of Arches was reared within, and Choral Hall and the Leather Building ousted to other parts of the park. These facts will explain to the reader why the form of the building was so peculiar, seeming to lack architectural symmetry; for the original facades were retained, the four central pylons and the four corner pavilions being curtained together like the outsides of Horticultural Hall, while the great roof arches sprang from a point inside the original court. We have before us one of the four pylons. They are triumphal arches of the Roman and Parisian order. This pylon standing so high above the side curtains, offered room for a third gallery inside, which probably many million visitors never discovered. On the east side of the Manufactures the orchestrions and automatic musical instruments occupied this attic with many wonders. The notable thing about these portals was the height of the eagles, eighteen feet, the magnitude of their surroundings dwarfing them to an astonishing extent.
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