1893 - Midway, Chicago
Upon learning that the Columbian Theater in Wamego, Kansas houses 6 large murals from the 1893 Columbian Exposition U.S. Government Building, I spent some time reading about the history of this collection. Amazingly, during 1990 renovations to the theater, 14 additional Columbian Exposition paintings were discovered in a basement crate thought to be stage backdrops. Seems worthy of a visit to Wamego and will find a place on the family's "involuntary-excursions-for-architecture" calendar.
(Field Museum Library collection)
While wading through the many websites with information regarding history of the Exposition, I found a helpful list of architects and their buildings excerpted from "A History of the World's Columbian Exposition" published in 1897. Before this search, I had not realized that each state of the union contributed their own building to the Exposition site. So, I naturally continued to search for images of the Jarvis Hunt-designed Vermont Building and just about fell-out-off my chair when I discovered a galaxy of historic images on a flickr site maintained by the Field Museum Library in their "World's Columbian Exposition of 1893" collection.