Government Hill fountain beneath the World's Fair Pavilion

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Comments (3)

Ryan Calhoun on May 28, 2008

Thanks Nicolas! To answer your question, yes and no. Forest Park and the surrounding areas were part of the fairgrounds. It was a big massive spectacle, including the Olympics, which St. Louis managed to steal away from Chicago by threatening the Exposition would overshadow the games (turns out it did anyway, since the games were turned into kind of a sideshow for the fair). Part of the deal was that Forest Park would be returned to a park after the fair was over, and there are only about five buildings left today from the dozens that were put up for the fair.

The pavilion was built in 1909 with proceeds from the 1904 Exposition. The fountain and staircases (in the other photo) were actually completed at the beginning of this month, a couple days before I was here. You can see the whole hill is bare dirt in the satellite photo, and parts of the landscaping were still roped off when I walked through, for new plants to take root. You can see here a fairly recent photo that shows a different fountain, and a row of trees growing halfway up the hill.

©junebug on June 2, 2008

This is also a beautiful photo, Ryan and thanks for the background information which is very interesting. I also like the sepia! Greetings, Anne

Ryan Calhoun on June 2, 2008

Thank you Anne! I'm happy that you like it, the way it came out. It was kind of an overcast day. Greetings, Ryan

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 27, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2008/05/05 14:46:10
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 47.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash