Louisiana Purchase Exposition - Saint-Louis 1904

Celebration of the centenary of the purchase of the Louisiana territory, April 30, 1803

April 30, 1904 - December 1, 1904


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China

China at the Exhibition Saint-Louis 1904

In stark contrast to the surrounding Western environment is the unique Chinese Pavilion, a reproduction of Prince Pu Lun's country home, with all its picturesque surroundings.

The building was constructed by American workers, but the delicate carvings of the decorative finish were fashioned by the skilled hands of Chinese craftsmen who came from all parts of China to apply the final artistic touches.

This building, built to contain some of the wonders of the Celestial Empire, stands on Administration Avenue, halfway between the Belgian and British pavilions.

The woodwork, about 6,000 pieces in all, shows fine examples of wood carving, pyrography and marquetry of ebony and ivory.
All this work was done by hand. More than $40,000 of credit for the Chinese building was spent on decorations and carvings.
The home of Prince Pu Lun is magnificent in scarlet, gold, ebony and blue.
At the entrance to the Chinese building is a picturesque pagoda which attracts attention because of its varied colours and irregularly shaped decorations.
The pavilion contains some beautiful Chinese furniture and porcelain.