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The City of Domes : a walk with an architect about the courts and palaces of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition   By: (1866-1942)

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The City of Domes

A Walk with an Architect About the Courts and Palaces of the Panama Pacific International ExposItion with a Discussion of Its Architecture Its Sculpture Its Mural Decorations Its Coloring And Its Lighting Preceded by a History of Its Growth

by John D. Barry

To the architects, the artists and the artisans and to the men of affairs who sustained them in the cooperative work that created an exposition of surpassing beauty, unique among the expositions of the world.



Preface Introduction I. The View from the Hill II. The Approach III. In the South Gardens IV. Under the Tower of Jewels V. The Court of the Universe VI. On the Marina VII. Toward the Court of the Four Seasons VIII. The Court of the Four Seasons IX. The Palace of Fine Arts from across the Lagoon X. The Palace of Fine Arts at Close Range XI. At the Palace of Horticulture XII. The Half Courts XIII. Near Festival Hall XIV. The Palace of Machinery XV. The Court of the Ages XVI. The Brangwyns XVII. Watching the Lights Change XVIII. The Illuminating and the Reflections Features that Ought to he Noted by Day Features that Ought to be Noted by Night Index


"The Pioneer Mother" Design of the Exposition made in 1912 Site of the Exposition before Construction was Begun Fountain of Youth Fountain of El Dorado Court of the Universe "Air" and "Fire" "Nations of the West" and "Nations of the Fast "The Setting Sun" and "The Rising Sun" "Music" and "Dancing Girls "Hope and Her Attendants" Star Figure; Medallion Representing "Art" California Building Spanish Plateresque Doorway, in Northern Wall Eastern Entrance to Court of Four Seasons Night View of Court of Four Seasons Portal in Court of Four Seasons The Marina at Night Rotunda of the Palace of Fine Arts Altar of Palace of Fine Arts "The Power of the Arts" Italian Fountain, Dome of Philosophy "The Thinker" "Aspiration" "Michael Angelo" Italian Renaissance Towers "The End of the Trail" Colonnade in Court of Palms "Victorious Spirit" Entrance to Palace of Horticulture Night View of the Palace of Horticulture Festival Hall at Night "The Pioneer" Fountain of Beauty and the Beast Entrance to Palace of Varied Industries Group above Doorway of Palace of Varied Industries Avenue of Palms at Night Avenue of Progress at Night Arcaded Vestibule in Entrance to Palace of Machinery "Genii of Machinery" "The Genius of Creation" Tower in Court of the Ages Fountain of the Earth "The Stone Age" "Fruit Pickers" Entrance to Court of the Ages, at Night "The Triumph of Rome" "The Thirteenth Labor of Hercules"


In the main, this volume consists of articles originally published in the San Francisco BULLETIN. It includes material gathered from many visits to the Exposition grounds and from many talks with men concerned in the organization and the building and ornamentation. The brief history that forms the Introduction gives an account of the development. For me, as, I presume, for most people, the thing done, no matter how interesting it may he, is never so interesting as the doing of the thing, the play of the forces behind. Even in the talk with the architect, where the finished Exposition itself is discussed, I have tried to keep in mind those forces, and wherever I could to indicate their play.

The dialogue form I have used for several reasons: it is easy to follow; it gives scope for more than one kind of opinion; and it deals with the subject as we all do, when with one friend or more than one we visit the Exposition grounds. It has been my good fortune to he able to see the Exposition from points of view very different from my own and much better informed and equipped... Continue reading book >>

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