The Exposition of 1904 is cosmopolitan, it is
universal, it is ancient and it is modern. No one need try to enjoy
what another enjoys. There is variety enough to give everyone full
sway for this pleasure or whim. In the Palace of Education we have a
triumph of classic architecture, transformed at night and made visible by
the latest achievements in electrical engineering. By day one thinks
of this building as a stately ivory structure housing innumerable exhibits
that show the latest supreme effort of the great minds of the age.
When one sees it at night, he forgets that it has even so remotely
utilitarian a phase. Seen across the Grand Basin, it is one in one
of the most prominent situations on the grounds, the Palace of Education
is simply part of a glorious picture. It stands on a great island
that came into being when the lagoons were carved out, and it faces an
expanse of water whose beauties are enhanced a hundred fold by the sparkle
and reflection of myriads of lights. The outlines of the buildings
are reduplicated in the mirror of the Grand Basin, where they sway and
flutter and palpitate at the lake is agitated by the increasing flow from
the cascades and fountains, or seamed and rippled by the gondoliers'
oars. The Exposition should be seen by day and by night. If
but one visit can be made, let that be at night.
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