The World's Columbian Exposition
Frederick Law Olmsted, America's foremost landscape architect, was responsible for laying out the fairgrounds. Jackson Park, the product of that effort, is still one of Chicago's most beautiful parks. A distinguished group of architects, including Henry Ives Cobb, Richard Morris Hunt, Charles McKim, George B. Post, and Louis Sullivan designed the exposition's buildings under the supervision of Daniel H. Burnham. Sophie Hayden, the first woman awarded a degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), designed the famous Woman's Building.
The Woman's Building, designed by
Planners selected a classical architectural theme for the fair over the objections of the more innovative Chicago architects. Sullivan later predicted that "the damage wrought by the World's Fair will last for half a century from its date, if not longer." Some architectural historians have shared Sullivan's opinion, but others have emphasized the exposition's positive contributions to city planning, in the City Beautiful movement that followed.
View of the Fish and Fisheries Building, designed
The buildings housed sixty-five exhibits that followed the theme of the building. Some of the more popular exhibits were curiosities rather than serious displays of technology and progress. They included an eleven-ton cheese and a 1,500 pound chocolate Venus de Milo in the Hall of Agriculture and a seventy-foot-high tower of light bulbs in the Electricity Building.
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