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:
- 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)