Item No: c090350
Title: Arkansas Building
Additional Title: Arkansas Building
"Arkansas Staats Geb., Pavillon de l'Arkansas."
A structure octagonal in form, rising like a pavilion or lantern, of three stories, has been prepared
for the State of Arkansas. By these means, the building being surrounded by windows, a great
degree of light is ensured. The appearance of the exterior is neat and pleasing, and the interior is
cheerful. Over the main door, which fronts the south, is the escutcheon of the State of Arkansas.
The diameter of the centre circle of the building is 82 feet; the superficial area, 5000 square feet.
The ceiling, spherical in surface, rises to the base of the octagonal dome, which at the top is 50
feet above the floor. A circle of columns support the roof of the principal octagon. The wall
material is wood and glass, roof of iron. The interior is fitted up comfortably for a double
purpose – partly for the accommodation of the commissioners and citizens of the State, and partly
as an exhibit of the products of Arkansas. There is ladies’ parlor, neatly furnished and provided
with a piano, a room for gentlemen, offices, clothes-rooms, etc. At the north side a magnificent
stuffed eagle with outstretched wings – one of the finest specimens of the bird that can be shown
anywhere – supports the coat-of-arms of the State. He overlooks a very handsome cabinet made
in Arkansas, constructed of 35 specimens of native woods, and an elegant piece of workmanship.
Among these are woods of the Osage orange, which is indigenous to the State, white holly,
walnut of various textures and appearance, corrugated pine, tulip, sassafras, ash, oak, cherry,
rattan vine, grape and other varieties. Specimens of the trunks of the trees and vines which
produced these woods in other portions of the hall show that they are of extraordinary size and
diameter, proving a wildness and freedom of growth not to be excelled in other parts of the
Union. The grasses and corn and grains are remarkable. Stalks of corn are here displayed which
are 17 feet high and produced 76 bushels to the acre. Cotton, which since the close of the
rebellion has become once more a matter of cultivation, is on exhibition, and proves to be of fine
quality and long fibre. The ores of lead, and of iron, fossil and magnetic, the petrifactions and
novaculite or hone-stone, are also worthy of examination. The architect of this building was A.
B. Bary of Philadelphia. Situation north of Fountain Avenue, adjoining West Virginia Building
on the east, and not far from the Catholic Fountain.
1 lithograph; 12 x 22 cm.
Architect: A.B. Bary.
Removed from: Centennial portfolio / Thompson Westcott. Philadelphia : T. Hunter, 1876.
The Building, situated in a grassy field, with people strolling. Trees in the background.
Westcott, Thompson. Centennial portfolio.
Thomas Hunter, lithographer.