Crystal Palace: revisited?

great-exhibition-03-gtyI like this idea quite a lot, in fact lots. Plans have been drawn up to build a replica of the Crystal Palace which housed the 1851 exhibition.

A billionaire Chinese developer has backed the plan to copy the cast-iron and plate-glass building designed by Sir Joseph Paxton in London’s Crystal Palace Park.

brett-ticketBuilt specifically for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and was the largest enclosed space in the world at the time.During the five months that the exhibition was open, over 6,000,000 people paid at least a shilling to visit and at its peak some 40,000 people were admitted each day from around the world who saw all manner of items brought back from the British empire, they would’ve seen stuffed elephants and Tunisian bazaars among the 7000 British and 6000 foreign entries.  

While the building, boasting 300,000 panes of glass, was first built in Hyde Park, it was moved to Crystal Palace in south east London, where it remained until it burnt down in 1936.

Shanghai based ZhongRong Holdings, which was set up by Ni Zhaoxing who has what is thought to be a $1.25 billion fortune, hopes to recreate the building, Property Week has reported.

I think it would be awesome and a huge attraction.


1851 The Great Exhibition of the works of Industry of all Nations or the Crystal Palace Exhibition

The Great Exhibition of the works of Industry of all Nations or the Crystal Palace Exhibition ran from 1st May to 15th October 15, 1851. It was opened by Queen Victoria and really was a symbol of the Victorian age and the role of Great Britain and the British Empire.

A photograph of the interior of the palace

Held in Hyde Park, it was spread across 19 acres and was was the first major effort to bring together many nations (and possibly to prevent war) but also to promote the British Empires industrial, military and economic superiority. Entrance fees were variable, between one shilling and one pound.

It was a success in that it attracted a record 6 million visitors, had 13,937 exhibitors of which were 6556 foreign.

The Crystal Palace was conceived and designed by Sir Joseph Paxton in just a remarkable 10 days. It resembled a massive greenhouse (to get a vague idea check out Kew Gardens) with over a million feet of glass. It was an engineering masterpiece. Swedish author Fredrika Bremer described it as “a magic castle and fairy tale’!

The building was divided up into sections, each depicting the history of art and architecture from ancient Egypt through to the Renaissance and also included exhibits from industry and the natural world.

Many concerts were held in the Palace’s huge arched Centre Transept, which also contained the world’s largest organ.

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