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Brussels 1897 World's Fair, "Exposition Universelle du Bruxelles," Bordiau Hall / Parc du Cinquentenaire, Springtime
While not much is left of the original fair architecture at the 1897 site, several stunning Art Nouveau buildings were constructed
after the closing of the fair, including the Bordiau Hall, seen here through a veil of trees originally landscaped for the 1897 exposition.

Chicago 1893 World's Fair, "The Columbian Exposition," Palace of Fine Arts/ Museum of Science + Industry
The Columbian Exposition of 1893 arguably placed Chicago on the map as a modern metropolis to be reckoned with just as much as New York or Paris.
While the Exposition previous to this (1889 Paris) left the world with the Eiffel Tower, sadly all that is left of the Columbian Exposition is the Museum of Science and Industry, designed by Charles B. Atwood and the remnants of Frederick Law Olmsted's landscaping.

Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and his World," Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome with Sneaker
Originally the American Pavilion for the 1967 exposition, Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome (often nicknamed 'Bucky's Balls')
now is home to a museum of biology. The site is also used for concerts and events; at the time of my arrival, people were
closing down and going home from a huge heavy metal festival (perhaps the cause to the shoes discarded in the fountain).

Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and his World," Habitat '67, View 2

Moises Safdie's incredible 'Habitat '67' was chosen to be constructed very close to the opening of the fair and considered to represent
the utopian future in urban living. Like much fair architecture, there wasn't a lot of financial or conceptual room to consider how the
structure would age. Today, people occupy Habitat '67 and it is a landmark; however, it is aging in unpredictable ways and parts of the
structure are shored up with bits of plywood.

New York 1964 World's Fair, "Peace Through Understanding," Unisphere at Night
The 12 story high Unisphere was donated by the United States Steel Company for the 1964 fair. It was recently refurbished and the fountains repaired; at the time of this picture,
there were skateboarders enjoying the  bright turquoise, empty fountains underneath the sphere.

Paris 1900 World's Fair, "Exposition Universelle," Petit Palais
Constructed by Charles Girault along with the Grand Palais in Paris, the Petit Palais continues to function as an exhibition space and attracts thousands of visitors every year.


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Brussels 1897 World's Fair, "Exposition Universelle du Bruxelles," Bordiau Hall / Parc du Cinquentenaire, Springtime
While not much is left of the original fair architecture at the 1897 site, several stunning Art Nouveau buildings were constructed
after the closing of the fair, including the Bordiau Hall, seen here through a veil of trees originally landscaped for the 1897 exposition.

Chicago 1893 World's Fair, "The Columbian Exposition," Palace of Fine Arts/ Museum of Science + Industry
The Columbian Exposition of 1893 arguably placed Chicago on the map as a modern metropolis to be reckoned with just as much as New York or Paris.
While the Exposition previous to this (1889 Paris) left the world with the Eiffel Tower, sadly all that is left of the Columbian Exposition is the Museum of Science and Industry, designed by Charles B. Atwood and the remnants of Frederick Law Olmsted's landscaping.

Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and his World," Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome with Sneaker
Originally the American Pavilion for the 1967 exposition, Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome (often nicknamed 'Bucky's Balls')
now is home to a museum of biology. The site is also used for concerts and events; at the time of my arrival, people were
closing down and going home from a huge heavy metal festival (perhaps the cause to the shoes discarded in the fountain).

Montreal 1967 World's Fair, "Man and his World," Habitat '67, View 2

Moises Safdie's incredible 'Habitat '67' was chosen to be constructed very close to the opening of the fair and considered to represent
the utopian future in urban living. Like much fair architecture, there wasn't a lot of financial or conceptual room to consider how the
structure would age. Today, people occupy Habitat '67 and it is a landmark; however, it is aging in unpredictable ways and parts of the
structure are shored up with bits of plywood.

New York 1964 World's Fair, "Peace Through Understanding," Unisphere at Night
The 12 story high Unisphere was donated by the United States Steel Company for the 1964 fair. It was recently refurbished and the fountains repaired; at the time of this picture,
there were skateboarders enjoying the  bright turquoise, empty fountains underneath the sphere.

Paris 1900 World's Fair, "Exposition Universelle," Petit Palais
Constructed by Charles Girault along with the Grand Palais in Paris, the Petit Palais continues to function as an exhibition space and attracts thousands of visitors every year.


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