San Francisco's Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition Of 1915

San Francisco's Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition Of 1915

San Francisco's Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915

Winner of the California Book Award Gold Medal, Californiana

Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Medal, U.S. History

Finalist for the Northern California Book Award for General Nonfiction

Finalist for the NCIBA Book of the Year Award


2015 marks the centennial year of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, when host city San Francisco emerged from the ashes of earthquake and fire as a center of beauty and progress. On the Presidio's waterfront and in what is now the Marina District, courtyards, formal gardens, and eleven Beaux-Arts palaces made up a miniature city resplendent in tones of golden-orange, copper green, cerulean, and “Pompeiian red.” Each palace hosted a thrilling array of exhibits and events that showed off the young century's achievements and possibilities. Over it all, the forty-three-story Tower of Jewels cast the reflected light of one hundred thousand pieces of colored glass. This lavishly illustrated volume is as much a triumph as the fair itself. San Francisco's Jewel City takes readers on an in-depth tour of the PPIE, revealing the dramas of constructing the fair and the displays of culture and industry that awaited within the exposition walls: electrical home appliances, rides in...

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