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  THE COLONNADE OF THE PERISTYLE - This majestic view looks down the so-called Peristyle toward the central arch and harbor-mouth, on the summit of which stood the Quadriga. It was particularly beautiful at night, when the electric bulbs in the panels of the ceiling were aglow and the blemishes and artifice of the staff were concealed from view. The scene vanished forever on the night of January 8th, when the great Roman Corinthian columns bearing their double file of statues above, leaped flaming into history, and thus escaped a slow and sorrowful decay. These pillars stood on a clean pavement of brick. They were made of lath and plaster. Their bases and their capitals were adjusted after the colonade was in position. Yet with this belittling fact before us, they still were stupendous, and he who once looked upon their ornamental splendor would not be so greatly moved by the columns of Seti at Karnak, or the ruins of Baalbec. The vista here is three hundred feet long (which was one-half of the spectacle), sixty feet wide and sixty feet high. There were nearly one hundred of these vast columns. At this end was the Music Hall; at the other, a similar structure called the Casino, a restaurant. Both these terminal temples were one hundred and forty by two hundred and sixty feet in area. It was by means of this gigantic screen that Lake Michigan was shut away from the Grand Basin, and this was the architecural portal of the World's Fair.
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