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  Festival Hall and Grand Basin
Festival Hall and Grand Basin

The view shown is one of the majestic sweeps of the Cascade Gardens and their settings.  At the left rises the dome of Festival Hall, 200 feet above the crown of the hill on which it stands.  Rich carpets of sward slope gracefully down toward the waters of the Grand Basin, and the wonderful rainbow gardening makes a picture not to be excelled elsewhere.  The observer contemplating this scene faces nearly west.  The western arm of the Colonnade of States connects Festival Hall with the restaurant pavilion near the center of the picture.  The ever-charming cascade at the west shows clearly, though the great central cascade can be better seen from the Grand Basin.  Toward the right, the 250-foot circle of the Observation Wheel is sharply defined against the sky, and at the extreme right a portion of the Palace of Machinery may be seen.  A part of the white walls of Jerusalem peers over the hill.  The scene is one of majesty, of vastness, of many objects combined into a satisfying and harmonious whole.  It fills the eye, and delights with a wealth of color and grace of line, and charms with the swirl and play of water.  The surface of the basin ripples and dapples under the wind and the sun, and to complete the satisfaction of the beholder the sounds of music and of voices add human note.

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