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International Exhibition Hall

 

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  • International Exhibition Hall, London

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  • The building was reviled by many, denounced by one critic as a "shed" despite the fact it contained the two largest domes in the world. These were each 204 feet (64.1 metres) tall with finials of 55 feet on the top, and 150 feet in diameter (45.7 metres). St Paul's Cathedral has a diameter of 112 feet, and St Peter's in Rome has a diameter of 138 feet.
  • The total cost of the exhibition was 458,842 and it made a profit of only 790. The reason for this is believed to be the death of Prince Albert shortly before opening who had been instrumental in organisation the exhibition. As a result Queen Victoria failed to attend, and the country was plunged into a state or mourning.
  • The exhibition was further denounced for its sheer scale. There were 29,000 exhibitors from all over the world creating a confusing cornucopia of goods. Later exhibitions would have pavilions for each country which would avoid this. To accommodate the mass on exhibit, the scale of the building was such it was 351 metres from end to end.
  • The road it sat along, Exhibition Road, is named after it, and today it is the site of the Natural History Museum. The government had intended to purchase the building, and adapt it into a natural history museum with a second museum for patents (now the Science Museum), but this plan failed following a parliamentary vote due to the cost - 1,895,000 in 1862 money. The building was broken up and the materials used to construct Alexandria Palace.

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Architect
Francis Fowke

Reference Data

Reference No.
7120
First Uploaded
12-11-2014
Last Editorial Date
18-11-2014
 

Building Location

Address
Exhibition Road, Kensington, London. SW7 5BD
Council
Kensington and Chelsea
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

Building Specification

Status
Demolished
Proposal date
1860
Construction start date
1861
Completion date
1862
Demolition Date
1864

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
79.20
Roof Height (AGL)
62.10

Market Data

Primary Use
Museum


Construction Cost
£300,000.00
Budget Date
1862

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