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The Panama–Pacific International Exposition was a world's fair held in San Francisco, California, United States, from February 20 to December 4, 1915. Its stated purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but it was widely seen in the city as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake. The fair was constructed on a 636 acre (1 sq. mi., 2.6 km2) site along the northern shore, between the Presidio and Fort Mason, now known as the Marina District.

The centerpiece was the Tower of Jewels, which rose to 435 feet and was covered with over 100,000 cut glass Novagems. The ?3?4 to 2 inch colored "gems" sparkled in sunlight throughout the day and were illuminated by over 50 powerful electrical searchlights at night. In front of the Tower, the Fountain of Energy flowed at the center of the South Gardens, flanked by the Palace of Horticulture on the west and the Festival Hall to the east. The arch of the Tower served as the gateway to the Court of the Universe, leading to the Court of the Four Seasons to the west and the Court of Abundance to the east.

These courts formed the primary exhibit area for the fair, which included the Food Products Palace, the Education and Social Economy Palace, the Agriculture Palace, the Liberal Arts Palace, the Transportation Palace, the Manufacturers Palace, the Mines and Metallurgy Palace, and the Varied Industries Palace. The Machinery Palace, the largest hall, dominated the east end of the central court.

At the west end of central court group was the Palace of Fine Arts. Further west toward the bay down The Avenue of the Nations were national and states' buildings, displaying customs and products unique to the area represented. At the opposite end of the Fair, near Fort Mason was "The Zone", an avenue of popular amusements and concessions stands.

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Images

Image Name
Block Plan of the Exposition
Easter Lilies in Mission Cliff Gardens
Ramona's Marriage Place, Old Town
Back Cover
Pictorial Map of California
Section of A Colonnade Palace of Fine Arts
Winter and Summer Belts of Temperature
Tower in Court of Palms
Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay from the Exposition
The Bridge at Sunset Cliffs
The Beach, Seal Rocks, Cliff House, San Francisco
Pictorial Map of Panama Canal and Zone
Yacht Harbor
Palm Avenue
The Botanical Gardens, Panama-California Exposition
Vista from State Buildings Plaza
Fort Rosecrans
Stopped by the California Coast, 7,000 Miles from Asia
The Palace of Fine Arts
Bennington Monument
Title Page
A Section of the Court of the Four Seasons - Illuminated
Back Cover
Foreign and Domestic Industries Building from Botanical Gardens
The High School
U.S. Grant Hotel, facing Plaza Park
Pictorial Map of San Francisco
Southern Europe in California - Old Spanish House, Monterery
Passing Point Loma, San Diego Bay
The Torrey Pines
Architectural Adornments, Great South Gardens
Title Page
The Tower of Jewels - Illuminated
Back Cover
The Palace of Pure Foods
Main Entrance Court of the Four Seasons
A Corner in the Court of Abundance
Mme. Schumann Heink at Home, Grossmont, near San Diego
The Palace of Liberal Arts and Calder's Fountain of Energy
Breakers on the Coast at San Diego
Mission San Diego,
Typical Bit of Monterey Bay
Front Cover
The Palace of Machinery
The Stadium
Front Cover
Santa Fe Depot
Reflections in the Large Lagoon
The Palace of Horticulture
The Palace of Education
The Tower of Jewels and Calder's Fountain of Energy
El Prado showing Canadian Building
The Tower of Jewels and the Great South Gardens
A Scene on Broadway
The Palace of Varied Industries
An Afternoon Concert, Spreckel's Pipe Organ
Festival Hall
The Western Section of the Zone
The California State Building
Theosophical Institute, Point Loma
A Beautiful Drive in Balboa Park
Mullgardt's Tower, Court of Abundance
The End of the Trail
The Palace of Manufactures
The California Building
Pictorial Map of the World
Hotel del Coronado, Coronado
Central Tower Illuminated
The Passing of the Shoe
Fountain of the Setting Sun Court of the Universe
Front Cover
Main Entrance Court of the Four Seasons - Illuminated
Plaza Park, showing L.J. Wilde Electric Fountain
Mount Shasta, 14,380 Feet High
Feeding the Pigeons
Mirror Lake in the Yosemite
Tower in Court of Abundance
An Exposition Audience, Great South Gardens
Panorama of Exhibit Palaces from San Francisco Bay
Formal Gardens and Citrus Grove from Southern Countries Building
San Francisco from Nob Hill
Administration Avenue
The Golden Gate from the Exposition
Arch of the Rising Sun, Court of the Universe
The Beach, Tent City, Coronado
A Section of the Esplanade
Sphinx Head Cave, La Jolla
Puente del Cabrillo
The Passing of the Que
Calder's Fountain of Energy - Illuminated
The Fountain of Ceres, Entrance to Court of the Four Seasons

Maps

Map Name
Panama-Pacific International Exposition - Pictorial Map of Panama Canal and Zone (1913)
Panama-Pacific International Exposition - Winter and Summer Belts of Temperature (1913)
Panama-Pacific International Exposition - Pictorial Map of the World (1913)
Panama-Pacific International Exposition - Pictorial Map of San Francisco (1913)
Panama-Pacific International Exposition - Pictorial Map of California (1913)

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