The Columbus Monument


You can always rely on expositions and world’s fairs for architectural extravagance. This monster globe was an unrealised proposition for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and would have required potential visitors to be conveyed “by lift to the Equator, and thence by spiral railway to the North Pole.” What Columbus’s ship is doing perched at the top of the world is anyone’s guess. I’ve not been able to discover who was responsible for this; Erik Larson’s book about the fair (and the career of serial killer HH Holmes), The Devil in the White City, doesn’t mention the monument in its index.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Exposition Universelle publications
Exposition cornucopia
Return to the Exposition Universelle
The Palais Lumineux
Louis Bonnier’s exposition dreams
Exposition Universelle, 1900
The Palais du Trocadéro
The Evanescent City

3 thoughts on “The Columbus Monument”

  1. Given the problems that the architectural staff had with building ‘the White City’, maybe it’s a good thing that the monument wasn’t built. I mean, I’d read ‘The Devil in the White City’ as well, which is why I keep picturing the Columbus Monument being on fire at some point.

    Lovely idea, though.

  2. Heh, I was thinking the same myself. I keep wondering what this globe was supposed to be constructed from since it had to carry a train with passengers.

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