The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  THE MISSOURI BUILDING - This stately structure obtained its commanding appearance through the presentation to the corner of the streets of the re-entering angle through which its portal was approached. Like all edifices of undoubted exterior beauty, it sacrificed something of inner light and airiness, and the sombre though ingenious manner of its ornamentation in no wise lessened the shadows. The lace curtains of the grand salons were elegant and beautiful; the wall paper was studded with mineral ore, which the vandals picked remorseless from its settings; and the accompanying furnishings were rich and abundant. As the avenue that passed the California mission house reached the avenue of the Art Palace, this handsome fabric fronted on the corner from the northwest, and its upper windows offered a view toward the lake and toward the Wooded Island that could not be surpassed. It was from these rare places of observation that visitors framed those supernal flights of praise that still resound in the land recounting the vistas, glories and emotions of Jackson Park in 1893. The architects who thus brought credit to their State were Gunn & Curtis, of Kansas City. The material was donated by Missouri manufactures, and the women of the State produced the interior decorations which have been so highly extolled. The cost was $45,000, and the area eighty-six feet square; the dome was seventy feet high. The museum of fruits and produce was large and admirably arranged.
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