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The old Water Pumping Station was saved from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 by a group of men who wet down several canvas ship sails and covered the building with them to blunt the fire's effect. The Pumping Station and the Water Tower across the street were 2 of the few structures in the path of the fire which survived.

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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