The Terrace Front, With Mortar Machine
Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)
Medium: Photographic print
Construction work in progress on the terraces of the reconstructed Crystal Palace exhibition hall at Sydenham Hill. The building, originally designed by Joseph Paxton, housed the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park. It attracted more than six million visitors to a showcase of the century's technological achievements. The prefabricated building was dismantled after six months and rebuilt in south-east London. Photographer P H Delamotte recorded the rebuilding of Crystal Palace in the new location until it was opened by Queen Victoria on 10 June 1854.