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Bigler, Brian J.; Mudrey, Lynn Martinson / The Norway Building of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair : a building's journey from Norway to America : an architectural legacy
(1992)

Architectural legacy,   pp. 72-84 PDF (3.6 MB)


Page 83

Detail, right panel. Biting heads, acanthus motifs and the
doorway's hand-wrought metalwork are visible.
Little Norway Collection.
The Norway Building is neither a church nor a direct copy, but rather
an adaptive interpretation of the Stave Church Style. The traditional semi-
circular chancel and the enclosed ambulatory were not incorporated as
part of the design because they were not essential to the building's use
as a exhibition structure. The Norway Building is, however, a represen-
tation of Norway's unique contribution to architectural history, a beauti-
ful building, and a valuable artifact from the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
1. The Art of Norway, 1750-1914, ed. Louise Lincoln, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and The Regents
of the University of Wisconsin, publishers, 1978, p. 175.
2. Paul Anker, Art of Scandinavia, Vol. 1, Paul Hamlyn Publishing Group, LTD., London, 1970, p. 377.
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