Item #23091 Site Plan for a Proposed 1883 World's Fair in New York City
Site Plan for a Proposed 1883 World's Fair in New York City
Site Plan for a Proposed 1883 World's Fair in New York City

Site Plan for a Proposed 1883 World's Fair in New York City

New York: The Graphic Co., 1879.

Good+. 14.5" x 20" plan on a 16" x 23" sheet, issued as part of the November, 1879 edition of Demorest's Monthly Magazine. Full title: Proposed Site for World's Fair in 1883. Between 110th and 125th Streets, Morning Side and River Side Parks N.Y. Area 200 Acres. Folding creases, otherwise very good. Shortly after the close of the Exposition Universelle in Paris in November, 1878, New Yorkers started talking about hosting the next great international exposition in 1883--declaring that year to be the nation's true centennial (based on the signing of the Treaty of Paris). By October, 1879, newspapers reported that there were three separate committees investigating the feasibility of different sites for the fair. This map represents the selection of the West Side Association's committee, which advocated an area now dominated by Columbia University, described as "a lofty plateau," well-drained and beautiful, with "admirable views." "A carriage drive is, according to plans, to be laid out around the plateau, and is to be the finest in the world....Water, gas, and steam power are to be provided in inexhaustible quantities. Building of great beauty and one-fourth larger than those used in the Centennial Exhibition are to be erected" (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 2, 1879). Less than a year later, there were a total of 12 sites under consideration, with another strong candidate being the Inwood neighborhood at the northern tip of Manhattan. But in the end, infighting and insufficient financial support--partly the result of a serious economic downturn in 1882--led organizers to abandon the idea--leaving behind only this charming concept for a fair that never was.

Item #23091

Price: $250.00

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