Thursday, November 10, 2011

Construction during the Chicago World Fair

Unarguably, construction is the most influential aspect of the Chicago experience that reflects the Gilded Age transformation. It was not only pivotal to the city masses that were ever increasing due to industrialization, but it was also central to our nation's pride and to city layout or design.

Cities during the 1890s would not have been able to support the increasing congestion it experienced had it not been for construction. Not only did construction offer housing for individuals seeking or already in employment but it offered new sources of employment since it required the assistance of so many workers. The invention of the skyscraper by J.A. Jones- originated from Chicago- was really catapulted this new trend of building and was later incorporated into the Chicago World Fair, where approximately 200 new buildings were created just to house all of the tourists. Many plumbers, architects, carpenters, electricians and other workers were needed to build the 200 construction projects in a timely manner. The buildings were a testament of how far Americans have come to achieve modernism, a sort of boasting to foreigners about how great America is.
The Chicago World Fair was intended to be so large and to consist of foreigners, showing these tourists just how great America is. Nothing wowed the tourists more than the construction of the ferris wheel.


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