Exterior Of The South Wing, March, 1854
Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)
Medium: Photographic print
Building work in progress at the reconstructed Crystal Palace exhibition hall in Sydenham Hill. The building, which housed a showcase of the century's technological achievements, was originally designed by Joseph Paxton for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park. The prefabricated building was dismantled after six months and rebuilt in south-east London. It was a milestone in the development of modern architecture for its innovative use of wrought iron and glass, symbolic of English power both from a political and engineering standpoint.