M13024 | Crystal Palace, London, 1850

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Crystal Palace, London, 1850
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1850, 19th century
Coloured ink on paper
26 x 49.7 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , building (531) , Print (10661)
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The novel architecture of London's Crystal Palace, which housed the Great Exhibition of 1851, led to the construction of similar structures in other cities. Montreal, for one, inaugurated its own Crystal Palace in 1860. A masterpiece of contemporary engineering, London's Crystal Palace was one of the first architectural structures to combine cast iron and glass.

It was designed like an enormous greenhouse, and put together from prefabricated units. Its 27 500 square metres of glass, composed of mass-produced standard components, and its millions of cast iron beams and pillars covered 74 000 square metres at ground level. Yet only a few months were required to build it.