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Devil In The White City Essay

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The Chicago world’s fair in 1893 was bustling with people from all walks of life. There were farmers from Nebraska, belly dancers from Algeria, and there were people from New York who came to see if the fair was what they thought it would have been if it had been held in their state. Through the eye of the spectators the fair was a big success and there had been few problems that occurred prior to the fair opening. However, Erik Larson’s book, Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, brings attention to the problems that occurred prior to the opening as well as ones that happened while the fair was open. With all the problems that the contractors ...view middle of the document...

Another problem occurred with the buildings. Burnham’s architects continuously failed to finish their drafts of the buildings , which put the builders behind. Finally on July 3, 1891, the first building began construction, the Mines Building, with less than sixteen months remaining before Dedication Day .
Not only did the slow start on construction hold back the schedule but weather played a constant threat on the construction of the fair’s buildings. The winter of 1891 which was merciful, which allowed construction to continue on both the Mines Buildings and the Woman’s building . However the next year’s winter was not a forgiving. It brought about six inches of snow and freezing temperatures. Despite these conditions the construction did not cease, workers build a portable shelter that was able to allow them to apply the staff to the exterior of the Mines Building no matter what. By this time the Women’s Building was almost finished and the Manufacturers and Liberal Arts Building was just starting production . One more winter stood in the way of the opening of the fair, the winter of 1893. This winter was the worse winter for the building of the fair, because there were only a couple months left before the fair opened. The buildings were not meant for winter weather, rather summer, so they were not properly constructed for the winter extremes. When snow fell the roof of the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building fell down . Not only did the extremes of winter cause setbacks in construction but wind also proved to be a problem for these buildings. In 1892, the north end of the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building collapsed due to a strong wind storm due to poor support systems put in by workers .
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