Missouri State Building
Just to the south of the Florida Building, and facing the Art Gallery annex, across the main avenue, is the building of Missouri. It is a massive structure, of the composite order of architecture. A long facade, pierced with deeply recessed arches, is two stories high, the upper lighted by square windows. At the west end is a low, square tower with a steep roof running to a point terminating in a flagstaff. At the east end, a taller tower, also square, surmounted with a lantern, which has a towering flag pole on its summits. At each corner of this tower is also a shorter pole, from which flags are floating. The interior of the building is divided into large halls for displays of women’s work, curios, and historical relics, and there are also numerous reception halls, toilet and check rooms, parlors for men and women, reading and writing rooms, etc. The building, as far as practicable, was built of Missouri materials, by Missouri mechanics, and its rugs, carpets, curtains, and other furnishings are largely the products of the labor of the women of this State. The wool clipped from the native sheep was carded, spun and woven by them. Most of the exhibits of this State are distributed among the departmental buildings of the Fair. Nevertheless there is much here of great interest. Specimens of the fruits of the Olden farm, in Howell county, the largest orchard in the world, show what the State can do in this direction. There are also grains, grasses, and fine cabinets of woods and minerals.