Welcome to the Fairs, part 5

The Golden Gate International Exposition celebrated the modern industrial west, best symbolized by the completion of two engineering marvels—the Golden Gate and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges.  The fair was staged on another feat of modern engineering, the manmade Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.  The exposition’s “Pacifica” modern style, developed largely by San Francisco architects, merged western architecture with an interpretation of the buildings of Asia and South America.

Statistics about the Golden Gate International Exposition:

Main Portal and Elephant Towers, San Francisco

Main Portal and Elephant Towers, San Francisco, c. 1939. National Building Museum purchase.

  • City: San Francisco, California
  • Dates: February 19, 1939 – October 29, 1939; May 25, 1940-September 29, 1940
  • Admission fee: adults 50 cents; children 25 cents
  • Size:  403 acres on Treasure Island, a man-made island in the San Francisco Bay
  • Attendance: 17 million
  • Theme: The  Pageant of the Pacific
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