This was one of ten palaces in the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915 celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal, the vitality of world commerce, and San Francisco's recovery from the 1906 earthquake. The fair covered a square mile and ran from February through December. Because it was planned as a temporary exhibit, the statues were mostly paper mache while the buildings were wood plastered with gypsum and hemp. A few, including the elephants and fountain in Sausalito, still survive. Like the current Palace, they have been rebuilt in concrete from molds of the originals.
|The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco|
|Weeping Maidens top each set of pillars on the colonnade at the Palace of Fine Arts.|
A day ticket cost 50 cents; an annual pass cost $10. I learned that Ansel Adams was given an annual pass by his father with instructions to attend daily and learn about the different countries, technologies and scientific wonders. (He still studied composition, grammar, and music at home in the evenings.)
We ran into this lovely group of friends celebrating the Exposition in authentic regalia complete with pennants.
|Historically dressed for the 1915 Exposition.|
Enjoy the day,