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The Open Colonnade, Garden Front

The Open Colonnade, Garden Front

Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Tab.442.a.5

Item number: 34

Length: 14.4

Width: 21.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The open colonnade at the Crystal Palace exhibition hall in Sydenham, designed by architect Joseph Paxton for the first universal fair held in Hyde Park in 1851. After the exhibition closed, the prefabricated building was dismantled and reconstructed in south-east 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.

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