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Rare color-lithographed view of Washington, D.C., looking northeast from the Potomac, for the city's bid to host the World’s Columbian Exposition. Competing against Chicago, the eventual host, New York, and St. Louis., Washington, D.C. won the fewest votes; it did not have the required private funds.

The Washington Monument, at the time the tallest structure in the world (1884 - 1889), dominates the skyline. A proposed site for the statue of Christopher Columbus is in the middle of a quartet of interconnected lakes, the original plan for the Tidal Basin before the four became one large reservoir in 1886.  Montgomery C. Meigs' Pension Building is shown to the left of the Capitol. Multiple trains cut through the city; a Baltimore & Pennsylvania line train heads towards its Victorian Gothic station on the Mall, where James Garfield was shot in 1881.

The proposed layout of buildings (such as the National Zoological Garden at right), paint a picture of a very different alternative for the current Tidal Basin area.


OCLC locates five institutional copies: NYPL, LoC, University of Illinois, Penn State, and Wisconsin Historical.

Condition Description
Several repaired tears into the image. Small area of abrasion retouched in the blue sky. Backed on linen. Some toning and soiling, mostly contained to margins.
Johnson, Rossiter (ed.). A History of the World's Columbian Exposition Held in Chicago in 1893. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1897.
Badger, Reid. The Great American Fair: The World's Columbian Exposition & American Culture. United States: N. Hall, 1979.
Williams, Garnett P.. Washington, D.C.'s Vanishing Springs and Waterways. United States: U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, 1977 []
Gutheim, Frederick., Lee, Antoinette J. Worthy of the Nation: Washington, DC, from L'Enfant to the National Capital Planning Commission. United States: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.