Moorish Arcade

“The World Columbian Exposition was held from May to October 1893 in Chicago in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the new world. In competition with many other cities, Chicago was finally designated the official site and the Exposition was built on 630 acres in and around Jackson Park. It was a spectacular display of progress and prosperity, and included among its many wonders electrical exhibits, exhibits from other countries, and a popular amusement area on Midway Plaisance with carnival rides, among them the first Ferris Wheel. Most of the fair’s architecture was based on classical design which gave the area around the Court of Honor the name ‘The White City’.”

World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago, 1893) - Interior of Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building
Interior of Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, Corner of Spanish Exhibit

Note the series of inlaid arches that form the roof of the pavilion and the recreation of the ‘forest of columns’ inspired undoubtedly by the Mosque of Córdoba in my hometown in Spain, one of the most wonderful buildings in the world and my favorite as far as I have seen until now…

World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago, 1893) - Interior of Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building
Interior of Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, Corner of Spanish Exhibit

Source: Illinois Digital Archives
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