Monday, June 30, 2008
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
I was delighted to find this metal souvenir building in an antique store recently and was also surprised to learn the museum building still exists. Too often it seems, buildings from this era were torn down. The rare, low-profiled pot metal building replica was probably made in Japan in the 1960’s. Located in Chicago, the real Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) was originally built as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition. The Palace of Fine Arts was designed by Charles B. Atwood and was constructed with a brick substructure benith a plaster facade. After the World's Fair, it initially housed the Columbian Museum, which evolved into the Field Museum of Natural History. After a series of other uses, the building became the science museum. During its conversion into the MSI, the building's exterior was re-cast in limestone, retaining its 1893 Beaux Arts style. Meanwhile, the interior was redesigned in Art Moderne style. In June of this year, the museum celebrated its 75th year.