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  WEST VIRGINIA'S BUILDING - This useful and popular structure, uniting the advantages of a summer and winter residence, was situated with its front to the north, on the northern circle of the park, at a central place, east of the cross street or radius that ran to the Art Palace, southward. The great verandas offered spacious retreats in the daytime and on moonlit evenings, and the wide fire-places, with their log-fires, made the guest-rooms the warmest and best ventilated apartments of the park in May and October, when oil stoves and gas logs were the only resources of far more pretentious buildings. The architect of this residence was J. F. Silsbee, of Chicago, and he doubtless had an eye to its salvage for the lake resorts near by. The dimensions were one hundred and twenty-three by fifty-eight feet, and its cost $20,000. The cost was enhanced by the use of ornamental iron work from Wheeling. Among the historical relics here shown, was a sofa on which the officers sat while Grant and Lee arranged the terms of surrender which disbanded the Army of Virginia. The hills of West Virginia boasted their minerals and hardwoods in the numerous cabinets which filled the rooms and the carvings of the fire-places and casings of the doors and windows. The West Virginians naturally felt pride in the fact that their General St. Clair was one of the four rulers of the Exposition in the Council of Administration, the supreme junto, and they gained no little advantage from this circumstance.
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