The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  VIRGINIA'S BUILDING - The reader sees before him on this page a picture of the reproduction of Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, Father of his Country, and one of the most fortunate of the historic dead, for the great men of a whole country, all now themselves dead, have vied with each other in praising the deeds and extolling the virtues of this lover of freedom and founder of a mighty State. Even the mere erection of this structure made a deep impression at Jackson Park. A station on the Intramural Railroad at this point was called Mount Vernon, and the announcement of the name often sufficed to empty the train, so lively was the popular curiousity, and so profound the remaining sentiments of reverence and affection for George Washington. The house, as may be seen, was a very plain one, though extensive, and a semi-circular projection with two "dependencies" in the rear considerably enlarged its ample apartments. But large as it was, there was never time for leisurely sight-seeing. The little rooms, filled with old pictures, garments, harpsichords, tools, arms and implements, were constantly packed with slow-moving lines of men, women and children, to whom the guards spoke their monotonous commands: "Move on; to the right, please." There was a beautiful marble statue of Mary Washington, with George Washington, the infant, in her arms. The building was furnished entirely with ancient belongings and heirlooms. Its dimensions were one hundred and seventy-five by one hundred and eighty-five feet, and its cost $18,000.
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