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Pan-American Exposition of 1901

The Fire-Proof Art Building1


THE Art Building is built of rough red brick, of attractive color, laid in a wide joint. Its central architectural feature is the Statuary Court in the interior. The architectural details of the exterior are Spanish Renaissance, resembling those of the palace in Palma, on the island of Majorca. The cornice of the building is old brown oak. Surrounding the structure, at the level of the first floor, are niches containing antique statues. The Art Building is 220 feet in length, 105 feet in width, and 34 feet in height. This structure was erected to provide temporarily for the exhibits of fine arts when an unforeseen delay in securing the marble for the Albright Art Gallery made it impossible to complete that building in time for the Exposition.


1. Text quoted directly from the Art Hand-Book, Official Handbook of Architecture and Sculpture and Art Catalogue to the Pan-American Exposition. Ed. David Gray. Buffalo, N.Y.: David Gray, 1901. Sources of the images are noted with each.