Alice Austen

Chicago World's Fair

Summer 1893

The World's Columbian Exposition, also known as The Chicago World's Fair, was held in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World.  Designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Law Olmsted, the fair is sometimes refered to as the White City. 

The fountains, sculptures, and gleaming white buildings for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago covered more than 600 acres.  Alice spent two weeks there, recording obelisks and peristyles, the Art Palace and Machinery Hall, statues of Columbus, Indians, and abstract spirits.  She copyrighted some 25 photos of the exposition.  

Collection of Staten Island Historic Society