ca. 1893, [stereograph from the Ferris Wheel], H. H. Bennett
Stereoview through a Ferris wheel at the Chicago World’s Fair. The sensation of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago was the Ferris wheel, the creation of George Washington Gale Ferris, a bridge builder from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The wheel stood 26 stories high and was intended to rival the Eiffel Tower, the centerpiece of the 1889 Paris Expo. For fifty cents, a passenger got two revolutions—first a stop-and-go circuit as people were loaded and unloaded, then a majestic, non-stop revolution.
The wheel was re-erected in St. Louis for the Louisiana Purchase Expo of 1904. It was finally destroyed by a monster charge of dynamite.
McKim, Meade, & White at the behest of Alexander Cassat, original Pennsylvania Station, (built 1910, rebuilt ~1963)
"If ever a man was a “rogue architect,” to use the amiable phrase of H. S. Goodhart-Rendel, surely it was Frank Furness, who gave us some of the brawniest and most aggressive buildings of the Victorian era. The roguishness is everywhere: in the muscularity of his brooding and belligerent banks; in his strangely agitated tombs; even in objects that are normally sedate, such as fireplaces and furniture…"
ThrowbackThursday: In 1928 architectural photographer Sigurd Fischer captured detailed views of the Museum’s just-completed building, including this one at the east entrance. More of his images are available in David B. Brownlee’s “Making a Modern Classic,” available at our online store.