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Palace of Education at Night

Palace of Education at Night

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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