101 Adler Planetarium
"In the Hall of Science, you will have seen the fundamentals of
mathematics and physics that properly lead into the science of astronomy.
Now you may cross over the Science Bridge, if you wish to finish
the story of the basic sciences all at once, turn to your left, and
go to the northern end of Northerly island where stands the Adler
Planetarium and Astronomical Museum. This rainbow -granite building
with its mushroom dome is world famous, for within it is an intricate
mechanism called the Zeiss projector…With this instrument is staged
a spectacular drama of the heavens."
102 Buckingham Fountain at Grant Park
Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park adjoining A Century of Progress
on the north is a sculptural masterpiece enhanced by its water
effects. It is gorgeously illuminated at night with colored lights
as it throws a stream 70 ft. high.
103 Shedd Aquarium
The John G. Shedd Aquarium is located in Grant Park adjoining
A Century of Progress. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have already
marveled at the specimens of rare fresh and salt water fish gathered
from all parts of the world.
104 Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Science and Industry, in Jackson Park, near the Exposition
Grounds, the remodeled Fine Arts Building of Chicago's 1896 World's
Fair, houses many interesting exhibits depicting the relationship
between Science and Industry.
105 U. S. Government and States Group
"The Federal Building stands on Northerly island. Above its gold
dome three pylons, fluted towers 150 feet high, typify the three
branches of United States
Government--legislative, executive and judicial. At its back, and in V-shape
seeming to embrace it, is the States Building, with its Court of
States, thus typifying the increased feeling of loyalty of the
citizens to the Union."
106 Replica of Fort Dearborn
"This is Old Fort Dearborn, faithfully reproduced in every
detail, constructed even as toiling men built the first Fort Dearborn
1803. As you enter the massive log gate leading into the stockaded
inclosure you see a quadrangular parade ground. Double rows of
log palisades, ten feet and five feet in height, are so arranged
as to permit the fort's blockhouses to command the terrain outside,
and the inner space between the palisades. Here are the soldiers'
quarters and those of the officers. On the east side are the commanding
officer's quarters, next to them the supplies building, then the
107 Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum of Natural History, at the Twelfth Street entrance
to a Century of Progress, Chicago's 1933 World's Fair is famous
for its vast collections of marvelous exhibits from every corner
of the world.
108 Court of Electrical Group
This striking three-quarter circular structure, the Electrical
Building surrounds a court and rises from a series of paved and
colored terraces with hanging gardens, ornamental pylons and impressionistic
bas relief decorations.
"A group of pylons rises, with a giant bas-relief panel on either
side, forty feet high, on which figures are sculptured in such
mammoth size as to suggest the enormous forces they symbolize.
One represents Atomic Energy.… The other panel symbolizes Stellar
109 General Exhibits Group
There are five great pavilions which form the General Exhibits
Group of a Century of Progress wherein more than 100 commercial
and industrial organizations show the wonders of our modern industrial
"In its five pavilions… appear as wide a variety of products as
could be imagined. Many are shown in the making, all displayed
in unusual ways, ranging from coal to fine gowns."
110 Administration Building
Main facade of the Administration Building of Chicago's 1933 Century
of Progress Exposition. The building is 350 by 150 feet, of modernistic
design and located between the lake shore and the outer drive at
"The Administration building, headquarters of the Exposition,
can be said to strike the keynote of the entire architectural plan.
Ultramodern in design, it was here that far-reaching experiments
were made in unusual lighting and color effects, and in choice
of construction plans and materials."
111 Hall of Science—North Entrance
"Two floors are used for exhibiting the basic sciences which,
for convenience of operation are grouped under the following seven
heads: mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, geology
and medicine. The ground floor, which is on the same level with
the surrounding park, is devoted to medicine and industrial applications
of science. The main floor… is given over entirely to the basic
sciences with the exception of medicine and astronomy."
112 Transport Building
Travel and Transport Building with its dome larger than the dome
of St. Peter's or the Washington capitol strikes a new note in architecture.
It is the first architectural application on any significant scale
of the principle of the suspension bridge.
113 Sky Ride
"Two towers stand 1,850 apart--support of the spectacular
Skyride, great thrill feature of A Century of Progress. They are
than any building in Chicago. Six hundred and twenty-eight feet
they rise into the skies, with observation floors atop them. On
a 200-foot level the rocket cars offer you a beautiful and thrilling
ride across the lagoon, suspended from a cableway."
||114 Carillon Tower—Hall of Science
"Here are hosed the exhibits which illustrate the things that men are
now thinking about in the various branches of learning known as the
115 Agricultural Building
"Today agriculture is a trinity--an art, a science, and an industry.
Throughout this group you see the story of foods, their production,
and preservation, and their distribution told by dioramas, moving
models, and actual processes."
116 Travel Building
The colorful unusual Travel Building, a masterpiece of modernistic
architectural designing, houses examples of every form of land
conveyance since time began. Its huge dome is suspended from gigantic
"For the first time in architectural history a dome has been constructed
on the principle of a suspension bridge. The dome of the Travel
and Transport building is suspended 125 feet above the ground by
cables attached to twelve steel towers. The reason for the daring
use of this suspension principle was the necessity for a clear,
unobstructed space for exhibits. "
117 Lincoln Group
"By Old Fort Dearborn stands another stockade of logs, in which
are five buildings, each marks an epoch in the upward struggle
of Abraham Lincoln. Here is the tiny, one-room cabin near Hodgenville,
Ky., where he was born. Then the second larger home on Pigeon Creek
in Indiana. Then the little general store in Salem, Ill. and the
Rutledge tavern, where he wooed Ann Rutledge, only to suffer greatly
when she died of pneumonia. Lastly, the Wigwam, where Lincoln emerged
as a candidate for the Presidency."
118 Lama Temple
"The Golden Pavilion is 70 feet square and 60 feet high, rising
from a 4-foot pedestal. Its double decked roof of copper shingles
is covered with $25,000 worth of 23-larat gold leaf. … Inside, twelve
37-foot columns support the gilded ceiling and the upper deck.
Carved grills, in red, blue, yellow and gold
enclose the glass window panes. The cornice beams are gilded and
carved with images of dragons, cats, and dogs. Hundreds of pieces
of carved wood form the ceiling."
119 Panorama of a Century of Progress
A bird's-eye view of the north half of a Century of Progress —
the Chicago World's Fair. The towers of the Sky Ride dominate the
scene. They, with their connecting cableway, provide one of the
supreme thrills of the Fair.
120 Aerial View Looking Southeast
Aerial view looking southeast beyond one of the 628 foot towers
of the Sky Ride — the supreme thrill ride of A Century of Progress
— the Chicago 1933 World's Fair. Just a glimpse of a few of the
many colorful buildings.
121 Aerial View Main Exhibit Buildings
A more distant aerial view from another angle.
122 Illinois State Host Building
"On the Avenue of Flags the silver and gold Illinois Host building
offers its welcome to all the world. Its 70-foot tower surmounts
a structure arranged for the specific purpose of hospitality."
123 Midway Plaisance
"The Midway--City of a Million Lights--revives memories of the
Fair of '93. Visit it by day, and you may think of brilliant bands
of color connecting two
great sections of the Fair; at night, you might think of a gorgeous scintillating
trinket. Ride the breath-taking roller coaster. Play the games. Visit the place
where daring youths dive into tanks and wrestle with alligators. Enter here
where beauties of the Orient dance to strange tunes. See the "apotheosis
of America's womanly pulchritude," the "living wonders," and
other "freaks" from the four corners of the earth."
124 Transportation Row—General Motors,
The General Motors, Nash and Chrysler exhibit buildings at a Century
of Progress. Here visitors may see the finished products of these
great concerns and, in addition, may watch the actual manufacture
"South of the Travel and Transport building, is an outdoor area
for exhibits. A glass tower of the Nash Motors is a spectacular
feature of the outdoor exhibit. The part that automotive engineering
has played in our civilization is graphically represented in the
General Motors building. The central feature of the building is
a complete automobile assembly plant. Just north of the Travel
and Transport building is the Chrysler building."
125 Electrical Group
A water view of the Electrical Group at A Century of Progress,
Chicago. Within these flaming walls the marvels of this electrical
age are presented in fascinating exhibits that dramatize progress
since Pascal, Morse, Edison and Marconi.
126 Enchanted Island
"Five acres of land is set aside for children--and for grownups,
too, who still can feel the thrill of make believe. The Enchanted
Island lies between the lagoon and the lake, and from it rises
a towering mountain. About it are giants, and through the area
move guards and other employees as out of Fairyland, dressed appropriately
for their parts. The youngsters can slide down the mountain side,
and there's a fairy castle, a mechanical zoo, a miniature railroad,
a marionette show, a theater. There are trained attendants who
will amuse the children while their parents go away to other parts
of the Fair. "
127 Fountain and Court of Electrical Group
This electrical fountain in the court of the Electrical Building
with the cascades of light on the east wall in the background, is
another of the fascinating features of A Century of Progress, Chicago's
1933 World's Fair.
"In the court a fountain sends up iridescent jets of illuminated
water in a series of multi-colored steps. Out of the center of
the fountain rises a 70-foot canopy. The under side, of hammered
copper, chromium plated, reflects the color and disseminates it,
and achieves a superb beauty."
128 Belgian Village
Ancient Belgium has been brought to A Century of Progress and
reproduced in the Belgian Village. A duplicate of the historic
Church of St. Nicholas in Antwerp is there and seventeenth century
burghers guard the portals.
"The houses and buildings are exact reproductions of those seen
by the tourist in Belgium today-- cafes, typical mediaeval homes,
a fish market, an old church and a town hall. The village is inhabited
by craftsmen in the costumes of hundreds of years ago. Ancient
folk dances are a feature of the main square. Typical Belgian milk
carts drawn by dogs and driven by merry milkmaids add to the picturesqueness
of the village."
129 Avenue of Flags
Avenue of Flags, stretching from the main gates of A Century of
Progress at Twelfth Street, to the north entrance of the Hall of
Science . . . a fitting promenade leading to the wonders of this
130 U.S. Government and States Group—Sky
The Federal Building and the Court of the States from the north
side of the Sky Ride. The triple towers of the Government building
represent the three branches of the federal government,
legislative, and judicial.
"Preferring to emphasize the solidarity of our Union, A Century
of Progress determined that the States should be grouped under
one roof, architecturally arranged with the Federal Building to
indicate its support of, and united efforts with, the central government."
131 Hall of Science—Eastern Exposure
The immensity of the Sky Ride Towers, which rise high above the
great buildings of A Century of Progress is shown in this picture.
High speed elevators carry visitors to the platform 625 ft. above
the lake for a panoramic view of Chicago.
132 Agricultural Group
Agricultural building at A Century of Progress housing exhibits
of leading food manufacturers, the livestock and meat industries,
and an agricultural implement display demonstrating man's progress
during the past 100 years.
133 Hall of Science—North Entrance
Beautiful, colorful, immense in its ground area. The Hall of Science
at A Century of Progress, Chicago's 1933 World's Fair, probably houses
the most fascinating exhibits on the grounds of the Exposition.
134 Lama Temple
This replica of the Golden Temple of Jehol is the gift of Vincent
Bendix, millionaire industrialist, who commissioned Dr. Sven Hedin,
noted Swedish explorer, to bring to Chicago the finest existing
example of Chinese Lama architecture.
of the 28,000 pieces of which the Temple is composed were made
and numbered at its original site in China. A Chinese architect
was employed to interpret these marks and to direct their assembly
on the exposition grounds. Chinese artists painted and decorated
the finished structure."
135 Bird's-eye View—Hall of Science
Where the magic of modern science is being portrayed this year
in Chicago. The Hall of Science of A Century of Progress at night
has the appearance of a brilliantly illuminated metal and glass creation,
rising from colored terraces.
"The northern front a graceful circular arc of high pylons
extending a welcome to each approaching visitor. The rest of the
is in the shape of a U with the arms of the U extending to the
water's edge and enclosing a court of three acres."
136 Travel Building
The Travel and Transport Building Some is 125 feet high and 200
feet across, without a single arch, pillar, beam or other support
to break its expanse. It is said to be the largest unobstructed
area to be enclosed beneath a single roof.
137 U.S. Government and States Group
The Federal Building is 620 feet long by 300 feet wide, with a
rotunda 70 feet in diameter surmounted by a 75-foot dome around
which the three fluted towers are grouped. The Federal Building
adjoins the Hall of the States.
138 Electrical Building at Night
Embellished with hanging gardens, electric cascades, the Electrical
Building at A Century of Progress, Chicago's 1933 World's Fair,
is the last word in modern architectural phantasy.
"Should you gasp with amazement as, with the coming of night,
millions of lights flash skyward a symphony of Illumination, reflect
again that it is progress speaking with exultant voice of
up-to the-second advancement. Science has achieved a brilliance
and skill of electric lighting which, as exemplified in the buildings
of the Fair, render windows and skylights no longer a necessity
in buildings. Within the buildings are borrowings from the future
in inverted lighting, shaded arrangements, color effects, and without,
a fairyland of lighting effect on greater scale and in more numerous
arrangements than the world has ever seen."
139 General Exhibits Building—Sky
Ride, West Tower
A general view from the south balcony of the Hall of Science showing
the five pavilions which form the general Exhibits group at A Century
of Progress, Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. More than 100 organizations
have displays here.
140 Hall of Science—South Entrance
Where the magic of modern science is portrayed this year in Chicago
— the Hall of Science at A Century of Progress — A huge U-shaped
structure 700 X 400 ft., enclosing a court accommodating 80,000.
At one corner rises a 176 ft. carillon tower.
141 Giant Havoline Thermometer
Looking west at the huge Havoline Thermometer at 23rd St., at
A Century of Progress — The Chicago 1933 World's Fair. this thermometer
is 200 ft. high. Temperature at the Fair can be seen from all parts
of the ground.
"A great 200-foot tower can be seen from many sections of the
Fair and the numerals on its three faces can be easily read. It
is a thermometer, perhaps
the largest the world has ever seen. The numerals are ten feet high, and the
graduated temperature columns are made of neon tubing, electrically regulated
by a master thermometer. The Indian Refining Company dedicated it as a "Monument
to Chicago's Climate." In a building at the base of the tower the company
presents an exhibit of oil refining equipment and products."
142 Boat Landing Pylons, Electrical Building
Covered with symbolic bas reliefs of the forces of electricity,
these twin pylons 100 ft. high guard the water gate to the Electrical
Building of the Electrical Group in A Century of Progress — Chicago's
1933 World's Fair.
"Another entrance is on the west side from a water gateway,
flanked by two huge pylons more than 100 feet high.…On these
pylons also are sculptured figures, Light on the north
pylon, Sound on the south one."
143 Dairy Building
Dairy Building at A Century of Progress. In this oval structure
is portrayed the story of the foster mother of mankind, the cow.
The evolution of dairying methods during the last one hundred years
is unfolded in spectacular fashion.