Sunday, December 4, 2016

Interstate Industrial Exposition Building on Michigan Avenue at Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois. (1872-1892)

The Interstate Exposition Building, the city's first convention center, was constructed by William W. Boyington in 1872.
Interstate Industrial Exposition Building, 1890
 The glass and metal building with ornamental domes was based on exposition buildings in London and New York and was designed to house annual displays of industrial manufactures.
Ground Plan of the Great Industrial Exposition Building Showing Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue.


The Exposition was opened to the public in September of 1872, and the receipts from the sales of tickets, and other sources that year was $175,402. The total expenditures on account of building and running the building was $345,927, leaving a deficit of $170,525 for the first year.
Inside Boyington’s Interstate Industrial Exposition Building.
Interior of the Building, Looking North From a Central Point Under the Dome. (1873)
The promoters of the enterprise were not discouraged and proceeded to improve the building and prepare for an exposition the next year.
In order to make it the utmost value for exhibitors to display their manufactures and devices to the public, they originally adopted a policy of offering free space and power, which was adhered to.



The Exposition became self-sustaining in 1877. It was the only Exposition of the kind in the country that was self-sustaining, with the possible exception of the American Mechanics Institute of New York.

Interstate Industrial Exposition Building. (1873)
It served a variety of other functions, as an Illinois National Guard armory, the first home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the site of national political conventions in 1880 and 1884.
Looking north on Michigan Avenue towards Adams Street, Chicago. (1878)
Looking east on Adams Street from State Street, Chicago (1887). The domed building visible at the end of Adams Street is the Interstate Industrial Exposition Building  on Michigan Avenue.
Sheet Music Cover "Grand Exposition March" by Louis Falk
The Interstate Exposition Building was razed in 1892 to build the Art Institute for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

Are you interested in the Art Institutes Lions history? They each have a name and were only moved twice since 1893.

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