1904 World's Fair
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Palace of Machinery

Palace of Machinery

In the architecture of the great Palace of Machinery German features are dominant.  The towers, entrances and even the roofs breathe a German influence.  The two central towers on the north side are each two hundred and sixty-five feet high.  The building is very rich in plastic detail and sculptural decoration.  The north vestibule is one of the most beautiful entrances to be seen in the Exposition palaces.  The building is one thousand feet long and covers ten acres.  It stands west of the Palace of Electricity and south of the Palace of Transportation.  In the western end of the Palace of Machinery may be seen the power plant of the Exposition, developing an aggregate energy of forty-five thousand rated horse-power.  The largest of the engines is the Allis-Chalmers vertical and horizontal refrigerating engine of five thousand horse-power, but the most powerful is the Curtis Steam Turbine, installed by the General Electric Company, developing eight thousand horse-power and capable of producing twelve thousand horse-power under adequate steam supply.  Very interesting also, are the four three thousand horse-power Westinghouse generators.  The great Corliss engine at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, was only three hundred horse-power..

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