1893 Columbian Exposition – This Gallery features the official photography of The 1893 World’s Fair. Also included are several engravings from “Art and Architecture” magazine.
Pre-Fire Chicago – This Gallery is the largest on-line collection of Pre-Chicago Fire images in the world. Many of these images have not been reproduced in over 80 years. Most of the images have colorized backgrounds. The intent was to just add a little lustre to the B&W images. The buildings themselves have remained in their original half tone state.
Pre-Fire Engravings – This Gallery contains engraved views of Chicago. Raoul Varinâ€™s engravings were published by A. Ackermann, Paris, France and were based on earlier printed views such as those published by Jevne and Almini in 1866 and depict Chicago during the 19th century. Views include the earliest settlements in the 1830s, the Chicago River, streets in the business district, government buildings, hotels, and other prominent sites.
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 – A collection of photographs that show the extensive damge that was caused by the Conflagration of the Century. In the process of being rebuilt.
Post-Fire Architecture – About fifteen years after the Great Fire of 1871, the advent of the steel structure skyscraper swept Chicago. This is a Gallery of buidlings that were erected between 1885 and 1915.
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