World's Columbian Exposition - Chicago 1893

500th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492

May 1, 1893 - October 30, 1893


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Great Britain

Great Britain at the Exhibition Chicago 1893

The British Pavilion, better known as Victoria House.

It is close to the pier which houses the naval battle.

The building is generally characteristic of the best English type of half-timbered houses of the Henry VIII period.

Terracotta, however, is widely used in the lower storey, with red brick facing and mullioned windows.

The upper part is constructed of natural oak timber with overhanging gables and tiled roof.

The centre of the main façade, which is on the inland side, is recessed, with steps leading from both sides to covered porticoes which open onto a large central hall.

The exhibits are numerous and excellent.

Of greatest interest is a large-scale map showing England's discoveries in America.

The educational display is interesting as is the post office display.

The building is amply equipped with fine offices for the British Commissioners, and reception rooms, etc.