“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”
~ Daniel Burnham
Daniel Burnham was one of the lead architects at the heart of the 1893 World’s Fair. The fair was to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the New World, as well as to put pride back into America and the city of Chicago itself.
Housekeeping Note: I first heard of Daniel Burnham in a book called The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson. The book follows the story of Daniel Burnham and the infamous serial killer H.H. Holmes. Both men prized the fair, but as revealed throughout Larson’s book, for very different reasons.
The Eiffel Tower was a huge motivation for the event, for the structure had elevated France to the top of world culture to the envy of many others. The Chicago World’s Fair was America’s way of making a comeback.