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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

Chronological summary,   pp. 85-86 PDF (476.3 KB)

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1857    May 28. Albert Waldemar Hansteen born Christiania, Norway.
1867    Wilhelm A. Thams establishes the Thams sawmill near Trondheim, Norway.
1867    September 9. Christian Marius Thams born, Trondheim, Norway.
1869    Thams sawmill expanded to become planing mill and crate factory.
1872    Fire destroys Thams sawmill. The company is expanded and ownership transferred to
Maurenthius Thams, under the name M. Thams & Co.
1883    February 1. Isak James Dahle born, Mount Vernon, Wisconsin.
1884    Architect Waldemar Hansteen participates in the Gol Stave Church restoration project,
1888    An earthquake at Nice and Menton inspires Christian Thams to build portable houses
at his father's factory.
1889    Paris World's Fair. M. Thams & Co. submits a Clock Tower Pavilion.
1890    February 24. Chicago chosen as site of the 1893 World's Fair.
1890    C.K.G. Billings elected to Board of Directors of the World's Columbian Exposition,
1890   July 2. Lakeshore site chosen for the World's Fair.
1891   January. Department of Publicity and Promotion organized to publicize the
World's Fair.
1892    May. Norway establishes a committee to plan exhibits for the Fair.
1892    C.K.G. Billings purchases property at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, naming it "Green
1892    November. M. Thams & Co. contracts with the Norwegian Committee to build the
Norway Building. Construction begins immediately.
1893    March 15. Norway Building leaves Christiansund, Norway, on board the steamship
1893    March 24. Hekla's axle breaks, delaying the arrival of the Norway Building in New
1893    April 8. Norway Building arrives in New York.
1893    Late April. Construction of the Norway Building begins at the Chicago Fair site.
1893    May 1. World's Columbian Exposition opens.
1893    May 17. Norway's National Day at the World's Fair.
1893    October 29. (Sunday) World's Fair closes two days earlier than originally planned. Flags
are lowered to half-staff to mourn the assassination of Chicago's mayor, Carter Harri-
son, the previous evening.
1893    November 30. Chicago Tribune reports that the Norway Building is sold to C.K.G.
Billings for $1,500.
1894    Winter. Norway Building arrives at Lake Geneva.
1897    Stockholm Exposition. M. Thams & Co. submits a pavilion building of similar design
to the Norway Building.
1904    Isak Dahle graduates from the University of Wisconsin.
1907    C.K.G. Billings sells "Green Gables" to William H. Mitchell.

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