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Festival Hall

Architect - Robt. Farquhar of Los Angeles, California, widely known for his fine domestic architecture.

On the south side of the Avenue of Palms, opposite the Court of Flowers, stands the building in which the majority of the musical festivals of the Exposition are to be held.

The main hall will hold three thousand people.

There are about five hundred conventions to meet here during the time the Exposition is open.

The organ, of marvelous tone and sweetness, is one of the finest in the world.

Edwin H. Lamare of London will give one hundred performances, each recital beginning at 12 M. He starts his musicals the first of June.

The building is French in style, having been inspired by the Beaux Arts Theatre, Paris.

It has a large dome, the cupola of which is lighted by projectors beneath the floor of the building.

Sherry Fry of Iowa has done the sculpture, all of it being suggestive of festivity.

Bacchus, with his grapes and wine skin, reclines on one side, while "The Reclining Woman" listens from her position.

On the west are two Floras with their festoons of flowers.

Little Pan sits with his panpipes on an Ionic capital over which is thrown a fawn skin. He has just stopped playing to watch the lizard that creeps at his side.

The Torch Bearer, a most graceful figure, is poised on each corner dome.

A border of pinkish-lavender hydrangeas, four feet in diameter, with a fringe of lavender and pink baby primroses, adds much to the beauty of this spot.

Pinkish-lavender erica, or heath, borders the steps leading from Festival Hall to the Avenue of Palms.

Above the western entrance one see the old Greek drinking horn, the rhyton, suggestive of festivity.

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