Crystal Palace, destroyed by fire on 30/11/1936.
The Crystal Palace was a cast-iron and plate-glass structure erected in Hyde Park, London, England, to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. More than 14,000 exhibitors from around the world gathered in its 92,000 m2 of exhibition space to display examples of the technology developed during the Industrial Revolution. Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, the Great Exhibition building was 564 m long, with an interior height of 39 m and was the greatest area of glass ever seen in a building; visitors were astonished by its clear walls and ceilings that did not require interior lights. After the exhibition, the building was rebuilt in an enlarged form on Penge Common, next to Sydenham Hill, an affluent south London suburb full of large villas. It stood there from 1854. When it caught fire in 1936 100,000 people went to Sydenham Hill to watch the blaze, among them Winston Churchill.
On this day …
St Andrew’s Day
1508 Influential Italian architect Andrea Palladio was born.
1642 Italian painter and architect Andrea Pozzo was born.
1667 Anglo-Irish satirist and essayist Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin. He is best known for
1874 British politician and Nobel Prize winning writer Winston Churchill was born.
1900 Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde died in Paris at the age of 46.
Did you know …?
Andrea Pozzo’s masterpiece is the ceiling of the church of San Ignazio in Rome, on which he created a three-dimensional illusion.