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  THE KANSAS BUILDING - This structure was on the northern circle of State houses, at the northwest, and touched the Esquimaux village and the northwestern pond. In tone it responded to the Spanish influences that have marked the heated zones of America, and showed a relationship to the mission house of California, further south. It was designed by Seymour Davis, an architect of high repute west of the Missouri River, and was finished and dedicated promptly on time, and while that region of the park was still a seemingly hopeless switch-yard and drainage district. It must be rembered that this manner of architecture is the product of the climate - the result of experience with great heats, drought and high gales. The great central skylight surmounted a fine rotunda dressed with grains, about the circumference of which there traveled a toy railroad train of many cars and an engine. This spectacle was a source of delight to the children, and their interest thus aroused was intensified by a panorama of rocks occupying an entire side of the interior, in which were placed the stuffed animals of the State University, with Custer's horse, the only survivor (on the side of the United States) of the battle of the Little Big Horn. Here wolves gnawed at the bones of their fallen prey, and buffalo, goats, deer, wildcats, prairie-dogs and all the "natural history" of Kansas held their various stations, and were guarded by Dr. Dyche, their superintendent and manipulator. Cost, $25,000.
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