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General View Of The Building From The Park

General View Of The Building From The Park

Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Tab.442.a.5

Item number: 27

Length: 22.3

Width: 27.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

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.

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