In a previous post I covered some of the unique architecture of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (commonly known as the Chicago World’s Fair). I had become intrigued that while most of the buildings for the World’s Fair were made to be only temporary, one building had a brick structure underneath it’s white plaster facade – the Palace of Fine Arts. It was this building that later became what is now known as the Museum of Science and Industry.
In the 1930s this building had the current look achieved when it was covered with limestone blocks. I can’t help but think of all the times that I visited the Museum of Science and Industry that I never knew this was the one remaining building from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. According to the Museum of Science and Industry website it is “the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.”