Lower Part Of The Scaffolding For The Erection Of The Great Transept Ribs
Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)
Medium: Photographic print
Construction work in progress on the great transept ribs of the reconstructed Crystal Palace exhibition hall at Sydenham Hill. The building was originally designed by Joseph Paxton for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park to house a showcase of the century's technological achievements. The prefabricated building was dismantled after six monthsand rebuilt in south-east London. It was a milestone in the development of modern architecture for of its innovative use of wrought iron and glass, symbolic of English power both from a political and engineering standpoint.