General View Of The Building From The Park
Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)
Medium: Photographic print
Construction work in progress on the facade of 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.