World's Columbian Exposition Elevated Electric Railroad Tower, Chicago, Illinois, Elevation

A work made of graphite on tracing paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of graphite on tracing paper.

Date:

1892

Artist:

Peter J. Weber
American, born Germany, 1863-1923

About this artwork

Chicago hoped to surpass the 1889 Paris Exposition’s Eiffel Tower with an even more remarkable one. Many suggestions were put forth, one of which was the plan drawn up by architect Peter Weber in 1892 for the Partello Tower Company. His proposal, reminiscent of the tower of Pisa, would rise 400 feet high with an electric railway following a spiral course to the top affording excellent views of the city. A full chime of beautifully toned bells was to be placed in the top of the tower. In the end no tower was built. Instead, Chicago’s great engineering contribution to the World’s Columbian Exposition will always be remembered as George Ferris’s giant wheel.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Peter Joseph Weber (Architect)

Title

World's Columbian Exposition Elevated Electric Railroad Tower, Chicago, Illinois, Elevation

Origin

Chicago

Date

1892

Medium

Graphite on tracing paper

Dimensions

53 × 41.3 cm (20 7/8 × 16 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram A. Weber

Reference Number

1985.550.1

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