Steam Engine Near The Great Transept
Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)
Medium: Photographic print
Steam engines were employed to keep water in motion in the grounds of the Crystal Palace exhibition hall in Sydenham. Designed by Joseph Paxton to house the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park, the Crystal Palace was reconstructed and enlarged in Sydenham, south London. The building 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.