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Disposing of ModernityThe Archaeology of Garbage and Consumerism during Chicago's 1893 World's Fair$
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Rebecca S. Graff

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066493

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066493.001.0001

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The Vanishing Fair and the Enduring Home

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Disposing of Modernity

Rebecca S. Graff

University Press of Florida

This chapter begins with two Chicago vignettes to frame the discussion to come. The first is an account of public responses to the end of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in the months after it closed for good. Alternately used as a space for homeless “tramps,” souvenir hunters, and incipient preservationists, the fairgrounds exerted a powerful emotional hold on the many tourists who visited it. Next, the chapter introduces James and Helen Charnley as they moved into their new Louis Sullivan- and Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home on the Gold Coast—a startlingly modern home from 1892 that looked nothing like the elaborate Victorian mansions that surrounded it. Finally, the chapter introduces the Chicago Fair as we consider it today: a watershed moment in the development of modern, industrial American society that invites further investigation to understand the myriad social and cultural processes still part of American urban experiences today.

Keywords:   World’s Columbian Exposition, Charnley House, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, modern, Chicago, fair, 1893, 1892, American

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