The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  THE LOWER STATUARY ON THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - The Administration Building stood on a rectangular lot containing a little over one and a half acres. At each corner of this lot square houses were built that did not reach one another. Touching each inner corner of these square houses, an iron rotunda rose to a height twice as great as the houses, and from the top of the walls of this rotunda the dome sprang once more. At the outer quarters of the top of the rotunda under the paneled dome sat eight groups of large winged figures with long trumps of victory. Far below, on each of the three outer corners of each corner-house in the great composite edifice, sat smaller and less animated groups, two of which are portrayed in our engraving. On the left is Industry, a mother at her spinning-wheel, tempted by love to leave her labors for a moment. The group is very noble and successful. On the right the sculptor has been more adventuresome and less fortunate in portraying Reflection by the use of a mirror in the hands of a female figure. It follows that there were twelve of these smaller groups, but all were heroic in size. In looking at the beautiful Administration Building, nobody could conceive the mere bulk and labor of all its statuary. But there was a time when only a moiety of these groups filled one-half of the hall of the Forestry Building, and occupied the entire time of Carl Bitter's corps of sculptors for months. The artists thus employed were Carl Biel, W. Anton, Max Mauch, P. Wiehle, Gustav Gerlach, E. Saile, J. A. Blankinship and G. Wuertz.
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