Did You Know?
Buckingham Fountain was built by Kate Buckingham and is named in honor of her beloved brother Clarence, who was a director of The Art Institute (hence it's official name “The Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain”).
Not, as so many mistakenly believe, Lindsay Buckingham of the 70's pop sensation Fleetwood Mac.
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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