A CENTURY OF PROGRESS — CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR — 1933-1934

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169 Hall of Science

Architect's drawing of the fourth Chicago 1933 World's Fair building, construction of which has commenced. Designed by Paul Cret, eminent Philadelphia architect; the structure will present the appearance of a metal and glass creation, rising from the colored terraces, and brilliantly illuminated.

The building will be 700 by 400 feet, two stories and a mezzanine in height. It will be "U" shaped, the open part facing east and surrounding a huge rostrum capable of accommodating several thousand persons. at one corner will rise a 176-foot tower fitted with a carillon.


300 General View, Century of Progress Exposition

 

301 Travel and Transportation Buildings

Now virtually completed on the grounds of Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. This building is nearly 1,000 feet long, and offers some new concepts in architecture never before attempted. The dome of the Travel and Transportation Building will house the railroad exhibit at "A Century of Progress."

302 Hall of Science by Illumination

This structure, 700 by 400 feet, is located at Sixteenth St. and the lake, with part of the building extending directly across Leif Erikson Drive--Chicago's famous waterfront boulevard. At night it is brilliantly illuminated by indirect and fluctuating colored flood lights.

303 Lagoon and Science Building

One of the amazing architectural glories of a Century of Progress 1933 Chicago World's Fair is the Science Building as seen from the lagoon.'

304 Hall of States and Federal Buildings

Architect's rendering of the Hall of States and the Federal Building of chicago's 1933 World's Fair. A Century of Progress International Exposition. the buildings are erected in juxtaposition, to symbolize the essential unity of the federal and state governments.

The Hall of States which houses exhibits of the various states and territories, is a great horseshoe shaped structure, two stories high, 500 feet across at the base and with its two arms 500 feet long and 140 feet wide at the widest point.

The open part of the horseshoe faces west and encloses a court, landscaped and containing a sunken garden with a triangular pool.

Across the base of the horseshoe extends the Federal Building, housing exhibits of the United States government. This building is 620 feet long by 300 fe edt wide, with a rotunda seventy feet in diameter and surmounted by a 75-foot dome, rising from its center. Arranged around this dome are three 150-foot towers, triangular in section, representing the three branches of government, administrative, legislative and executive.

305 Abraham Lincoln Group

Many of the buildings intimately identified with the life of Lincoln and his progress and success are here in replica within an appropriate log stockade. The buildings shown are the cabin of his birth, a home of later date, store, and the Chicago "wigwam."

307 Enchanted Island

Artist's conception of the "Enchanted Island," five acre wonderland at A Century of Progress, Chicago's 1933 World's Fair, where parents may leave their children while attending other Exposition attractions. It will have a Magic Mountain, a Tropical Garden, a children's Theater, a Miniature Railroad, performing animals, a wading pool and other marvels. Ground for this "Enchanted Island" was broken on Wednesday, August 31st.

309 The Wigwam, Abraham Lincoln Group

Rambling frame convention hall in which Abraham Lincoln was nominated for the presidency in Chicago in 1860, reproduced on the grounds of a Century of Progress Exposition in the Lincoln Group.

311 View Across the Lagoon

Electricity's wizardry will be unfolded in the sickle-shaped group of buildings at A Century of Progress, Chicago's International Exposition in 1933. Embellished with hanging gardens, steel cypress trees, electric cascades and fountains, gilded pylons and paved terraces, this structure, 1,200 feet long by 300 feet wide, presents the last word in modern architectural phantasy. A semi-circular unit, shown on the right, will house exhibits portraying the generation, distribution and utilization of electricity. In the center will be shown exhibits of telephone and telegraph communication. On the extreme left is the unit devoted to the wonders of radio and television. White, red, yellow, gold, blue and silver will be the colors used to decorate this extremely striking group.

312 Hall of Science

As seen from the main lagoon. Notice the carillon-equipped tower, the rostrum at the right, the decorated cloth banner which serves as a background for the speaker, the three levels on which structure is built and the entrance to the medical exhibit on the lower level. The Hall of Science is 700 by 400 feet. At night it is brilliantly illuminated by indirect and fluctuating colored flood lights. This structure is located at Sixteenth St. and the lake, with part of the building extending directly across Leif Erikson Drive--Chicago's famous waterfront boulevard.

 

313 Hall of Science

Architect's drawing of the fourth Chicago 1933 World's Fair building. Designed by Paul Cret, eminent Philadelphia architect; the structure presents the appearance of a metal and glass creation, rising from colored terraces, and brilliantly illuminated. The building is 700 by 400 feet, two stories and a mezzanine in height. It is "U" shaped, the open part facing east and surrounding a huge rostrum capable of accommodating several thousand persons. At one corner rises a 176 foot tower fitted with a carillon.

315 Fort Dearborn

Blockhouse and soldier's barracks of the "third Fort Dearborn", reappear on the shore of Lake Michigan as part of the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition. Near here stood the original blockhouse and barracks of the old fort whose inhabitants were victims in 1812 of the Dearborn Massacre — eventful day in Chicago's pioneer history.

316 Interior View, Fort Dearborn

This replica of Fort Dearborn, one of Chicago's most thrilling historical monuments, was constructed on the shore of Lake Michigan at Twenty-Sixth Street, for the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition. Near here stood the original Fort Dearborn, and still nearer occurred in 1812 the massacre by Indians of the brave inhabitants of the Fort. The picture shows, left to right, the officers' barrack, a corner of the blockhouse, the powder magazine, soldiers' barracks. The corners of the two other barracks appear on either side of the picture.

318 Sky Ride by Illumination

One of the most interesting features of chicago's World's Fair is the "Sky Ride." The Towers are 600 feet high. Double decked rocket cars will run suspended from 4 cable tracks between and around the two towers.

320 Golden Temple of Jehol

Replica of the celebrated Chinese Lama Temple, is the gift to the Exposition of Vincent Bendix. The Golden Pavilion, seat of worship of the Manchu emperor, was copied faithfully by North Chinese architects and artisans, shipped in 28,000 pieces to Chicago and put together like the parts of some huge Chinese puzzle.

321 "Old Heidelberg"

Seating twenty-five hundred persons, this restaurant is a replica of the Old Heidelberg Inn located in Nuremberg, Germany, noted for its food and beer the world over.

322 General Exhibits Group

This group houses exhibits of applied sciences and industries. It is a continuous structure, with a series of seven pavilions and courts, each being similar in mass form, but varying detail, materials and decorations.

Within these individual pavilions is a flexible arrangement of exhibit space, so that the character of the industry exhibiting is definitely expressed, whether it be a large or small exhibit.

323 Electrical Group by Illumination

324 Federal Building and States Group

These three fluted towers 150 feet high around the dome of the Federal Building represent the three branches of government--administrative, legislative and executive. The towers will be illuminated at night.

325 Dairy Building
326 Agricultural Building
327 Castle on Enchanted Island
328 A View of the Electrical Group

329 Streets of Paris

In our own Chicago a bit of "Gay Paree." Entering this sumptuous liner the visitor is transported directly with a bit of the real Paris. Some clever mind has brought to us here in concentrated form those live-wire scenes we often read about. The Cafes, the artists' quarters, street scenes and some just off the street.

330 The Belgian Village
331 Federal Building and States Group by Illumination
332 Midway Looking South
335 General View of Hall of Science
336 General Exhibits Building, Entrance Tower
338 Replica of Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace
339 Hall of Science by Illumination
342 Japanese Buildings

343 Hall of Religion

Appropriate in setting and construction, this beautiful and restful building affords within a close up of all things dedicated to religion. Exhibits of many of the first Bibles ever printed, and many pictorial manifestations of progress made during the past century. Scheduled for its spacious assembly hall are many interesting programs and instructive lectures.

344 Illinois Host Building…Soldier's Field Colonnade

This Building houses the exhibit of Lincolniana and contains an Auditorium and Lounge Hall. Here the Exposition's distinguished visitors are to be received in state with suitable ceremony.


345 Mayan Temple

The Nunnery of Uxmal in replica. This beautiful temple in the original stands in the Mayan city of Uxmal in Yucatan, Central America. It was planned and constructed about 1200 A. D. It is typical Mayan architecture worked in faced concrete. Practically all the material used is the yield of adjacent limestone pits and quarries.

346 Picturesque Scene at Chicago World's Fair348 Golden Temple of Jehol

The Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago's World's Fair is magically constructed on land reclaimed from Lake Michigan, adding attraction for years to come.

The land dedicated to the Exposition extends over 424 acres from 12th Street on the north to 39th Street south, and practically in the heart of the city.

348 Golden Temple of Jehol
349 General View, Century of Progress Exposition
351 Sky Ride by Illumination
352 Travel and Transportation Buildings
353 Streets of Paris
354 Old Heidelberg
356 Japanese Buildings

357 The Midway

What thrills await the visitor on the Midway! If you have been places and seen things, you'll find that the Midway starts where you left off. Here are bizarre and startling entertainment features. Attractions unheard of to satisfy the thrill seeker. Historic pageants, military maneuvers, sporting events, thrilling masses of color, lighting effects and music. Everything designed to outdo anything ever done before.

358 Electrical Group

Showing a small section of the Electrical Group, which consists of three sections located on Northerly Island. Housed in the Electrical Group will be Radio Hall where may be seen radios from the earliest stages to the present day receiving sets.

359 Dairy Building

Displaying most modern dairy equipments such as: Automatic milking machinery, cream separators, ice cream and butter making machinery, laboratory equipment, etc.

360 Agricultural Building

This unique structure of modern architectural design is located on Northerly Island, near the famous Adler Planetarium. It is nearly a city block long and shaped somewhat like a three-toothed key. The building will house exhibits of food manufacturers, and displays dramatizing the progress of agriculture.

361 Castle on "Enchanted Island"

Artist's conception of the "Enchanted Island," five acre wonderland at A Century of Progress, Chicago's 1933 World's Fair, where parents may leave their children while attending other Exposition attractions. It has a Magic Mountain, a Tropical Garden, a Children's Theater, a Miniature Railroad, performing animals, a wading pool and other marvels.

362 Electrical Group by Illumination

Showing a small section of the Electrical Group, which consists of three sections located on Northerly Island. Housed in the Electrical Group will be Radio Hall where may be seen radios from the earliest stages to the present day receiving sets.

363 Belgian Village

The visitor entering the Fair at 23rd St. steps into the storied environs of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp. On every hand are the Castled towers and antique Spires of the Belgian village. On these European streets are seen the familiar milk vendors with their dogcarts and the peasant girls in fine brocades.

364 Federal Building and States Group by Illumination

These three fluted towers 150 feet high around the dome of the Federal Building represent the three branches of government--administrative, legislative and executive. The towers will be illuminated at night.

365 Sky View Looking South on Midway

What thrills await the visitor on the Midway! If you have been places and seen things, you'll find that the Midway starts where you left off. Here are bizarre and startling entertainment features. Attractions unheard of to satisfy the thrill seeker. Historic pageants, military maneuvers, sporting events, thrilling masses of color, lighting effects and music. Everything designed to outdo anything ever done before.

367 The Midget Village

368 The Entrance, Avenue of Flags

The Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago's World's Fair is magically constructed on land reclaimed from Lake Michigan, adding attraction for years to come.

The land dedicated to the Exposition extends over 424 acres from 12th Street on the north to 39th Street south, and practically in the heart of the city.


369 General View Across Lagoon

Electricity's wizardry will be unfolded in the sickle-shaped group of buildings at A Century of Progress, Chicago's International Exposition in 1933. Embellished with hanging gardens, steel cypress trees, electric cascades and fountains, gilded pylons and paved terraces, this structure, 1,200 feet long by 300 feet wide, presents the last word in modern architectural phantasy. A semi-circular unit, shown on the right, will house exhibits portraying the generation, distribution and utilization of electricity. In the center will be shown exhibits of telephone and telegraph communication. On the extreme left is the unit devoted to the wonders of radio and television. White, red, yellow, gold, blue and silver will be the colors used to decorative this extremely striking group.

 

370 Aerial View of Skyride

One of the most interesting features of chicago's World's Fair is the "Sky Ride." The Towers are 600 feet high. Double decked rocket cars will run suspended from 4 cable tracks between and around the two towers.

371 Havoline Thermometer

Looking west at the huge Havoline Thermometer at 23td St., at 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.

372 General Motors Building by Illumination

Visited by thousands daily. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the complete assembly of automobiles from chassis frame to gas in the gasoline tank. The building is 454 feet in length.

373 Chrysler Motors Building

One of the attractive structures at the Century of Progress. Every detail of the construction of a Chrysler automobile is here demonstrated, as well as the testing of material used and of the completed car.

374 Crowds at the "Streets of Paris"

In our own Chicago a bit of "Gay Paree." Entering this sumptuous liner the visitor is transported directly with a bit of the real Paris. Some clever mind has brought to us here in concentrated form those live-wire scenes we often read about. The Cafes, the artists' quarters, street scenes and some just off the street.

 


575 Ford Building Exhibit

 

576 Chicago World's Fair by Illumination

579 German Black Forest

A Panoramic drawing of the "Schwarrwald Dorf," where synthetic snow and artificial ice will cheer the eye and air-conditioning inside the buildings will cool the brows of visitors next summer at the fair. This German village will be across the drive from old Fort Dearborn.

580 Spanish Village
581 Tunisia "Land of The Bedouins"
582 English Village
583 Colonial Village
584 Swedish Pavilion
585 Dutch Village

586 Irish Village

 

587 Gigantic Fountain

This huge decorative bank of water, two locks long and requiring a flow from the fountains sufficient to service a city of 1,000,000, will be one of the 1934 Fair's outstanding new attractions. Located in the North lagoon, the fountain will be illuminated in spectacular effects in five colors, and a battery of 40 searchlights will play a medley of colored shafts of light in the sky above.

   

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