Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

This book began as a very different kind of project. My original intention was to study the history of nineteenth-century British design reform, particularly the impact of the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, which served as a wake-up call to the artists, critics, and bureaucrats who formed the...

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1. The Order of the Exhibition

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pp. 1-32

From the middle of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, the first step in the design of any international exhibition was to classify the goods that would be on display. This was a formative act that influenced every other aspect of the exhibition's design-the organization of the catalogue...

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2. The Architecture of the Exhibition

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pp. 33-74

The distinction between architecture and engineering as separate fields of expertise is a well-established one that originates in the Renaissance division between civil and military practice. In modern terms, the distinction has its roots in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the establishment...

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3. The Installation in the Main Building

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pp. 75-104

Surprisingly, the first real site plan of the Centennial Exhibition was not prepared until October 1873, some time after the finalists had submitted their revised designs in the second stage of the competition. Henry Pettit was the author of this plan, which he presented to the Executive Committee...

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4. Ways of Seeing the Exhibition

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pp. 105-153

With the completion of the installation, visitors standing in the nave of the Main Building could perceive the Centennial Exhibition as a great, ordered spectacle, which opened up a vast, interior landscape. The sections lining both sides of the nave formed a street of nations running the eighteen-hundred...

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5. The American System of Awards

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pp. 154-174

In retrospect, it is always the physicality of the exhibition that speaks to us most strongly, through drawings, photographs, and, in some cases, extant structures. We should not forget, however, that the principle function of the exhibition was the systematic evaluation of goods. As the Journal of the...

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6. The Exhibitionary Complex in Philadelphia

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pp. 175-226

In trying to explain the complex character of the exhibition, period observers like Patrick Geddes resorted to a variety of institutional analogies. In Industrial Exhibitions and Modem Progress (1887), the Scottish biologist and sociologist wrote that an upcoming Glasgow fair could take shape...

Appendix: Enlarged Plates

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pp. 227-244

Notes

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pp. 245-270

Select Bibliography

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pp. 271-286

Index

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pp. 287-304