Design for converting the Crystal Palace into a tower 1000 feet high, 1852.

 
Design for converting the Crystal Palace into a tower 1000 feet high, 1852.
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actual image size: 19cm x 32cm

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Lithograph by architect C Burton, showing a suggested use for the Crystal Palace building, which was designed by Joseph Paxton (1801-1865) for the Great Exhibition of 1851. The 1000-foot tower was to commemorate the World's Fair, and would have had 'four rooms ascending and descending continually by means of a vertical railway moved by steam power - an enormous clock upwards of 44 feet in diameter with figures 10 feet long and minute hand 22 feet - the base of the building to be used as a conservatory - the summit 70 feet in diameter for astronomical purposes and the intermediate sections to be converted into other scientific collections...'.

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