Welcome to the Fairs, part 4

Cleveland’s Great Lakes Exposition, sited on 135 terraced acres along the city’s lakefront, celebrated Cleveland’s centennial with a nautical theme.  The exposition was characterized as “ultra-modern American” for its unification of architecture, landscape, and lighting into “one colorful, artistic, living picture.”  Fair architects consciously mimicked the experimental buildings for Chicago’s 1933-1934 fair, with simple lines, few windows, and varied colors.

Statistics about the Great Lakes Exposition:

Court of Presidents, Cleveland

Court of Presidents looking south, Cleveland, c. 1936. Cleveland Public Library / Photograph Collection.

  • City: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dates:  June 27 – October 4, 1936; February 12 – September 15, 1937
  • Admission fee: adults 50 cents, children 10 cents
  • Size: 135 acres along the downtown waterfront
  • Attendance: 7 million
  • Theme: Cleveland Centennial (1936), Making of America (1937)
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