Did You Know?
There was a second Chicago Fire in 1874 that caused a significant amount of damage on the near South Side. After this "little Great Fire" insurance companies threatened to desert the city unless reforms were enacted--resulting in actual enforcement of ordinances passed in 1871 and to the revamping of the Chicago Fire Department.
Tour guide Michael Corcoran views the rear of the Museum of Science and Industry. Designed by Charles Atwood, the building was originally built 1891-93 as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
After the Fair, the building housed the Field Museum of Natural History into the 1920s. The structure, originally built of plaster, was reconstructed in stone (an exact copy) for the Museum of Science and Industry. Designated a Chicago Landmark in 1995.
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