Indiana Building

Centennial Exhibition
Indiana Building

Item Info

Item No: c090390
Title: Indiana Building
Additional Title: Indiana Building
Series: Lithograph
Media Type: Lithographs
Notes: "Indiana Staats Geb., Pavillon. [sic] de l'Indiana.

Lithograph Caption:

This pavilion is upon State Avenue, west of the Ohio Building. It is somewhat peculiar in appearance and decoration, and by some has been compared to the upper decks and “Texas” of a Mississippi River steamboat. It is built of wood, and is in the form of an irregular cross, 55 feet in length. From the level of the ceilings of the side rooms a truss-arched roof rises 24 feet above the centre of the hall, which is lighted from the rotunda above. There are three porches for entrance – one at the centre and the others at the sides. In the interior, upon the walls, are 200 tablets, 92 of which are to be used by the counties of the State for their statistics. By these means is furnished in the most concise form a very complete and satisfactory summary of the condition of the State of Indiana in all those particulars which are of interest and importance to the political economist. Each county shows the date of its settlement, the time of its organization as a county, census figures of population, statements of principal products, particularization of industries, geological and natural features, together with the population of the larger villages and an enumeration of churches and school-houses. The cities by this assistance set forth their commercial statistics, and manifest, to all who observe, the character of their most notable industries. The design is to comprise upon these tablets matters of knowledge and interest equal in value to the most elaborately written article which might be printed in a cyclopaedia. The remaining tablets are to be devoted to the business-men of the State, to be used for advertising and other purposes. There are also committee-rooms, a ladies’ parlor, a gentlemen’s parlor, and other apartments. A handsome fountain rises in the centre of the great hall. The materials used in this very showy construction are wood, brick, iron and glass. It was declared semi-officially when this structure was commenced that it was intended to illustrate “as far as possible Indiana homes and their productions.” The materials are such as the State produces, but the most enthusiastic citizen will not be prepared to go so far as to assert that “Indiana homes” are generally as ornate as this very handsome building. Cost, $10,000.

Notes: 1 lithograph; 12 x 22 cm.
Notes: Removed from: Centennial portfolio / Thompson Westcott. Philadelphia : T. Hunter, 1876.
Notes: The Building, situated in a grassy field with trees in the background. People stroll in the foreground.
Creator Name: Westcott, Thompson. Centennial portfolio.
Thomas Hunter, lithographer.