Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Palace and Some Princesses

This is a painting done by
Colin Campbell Cooper in 1915.

The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition (World's Fair) in order to exhibit works of art presented there. It was held in San Francisco between February 20 and December 4 in 1915. Its ostensible purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but it was widely seen in the city as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 Earthquake. The fair was constructed on a 635 acres, along the northern shore now known as the Marina.

One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, it is the only one still situated on its original site. It was rebuilt in 1965, and renovation of the lagoon, walkways, and a seismic retrofit were completed in early 2009.

It is just so beautiful and so immense and so European! Our family loves it here. So do many others and there are many events held here including private weddings in the rotunda. We visited here on Thursday and I took a few photos as the girls ran around and enjoyed the Palace as only four little princesses can.

This is how it looks today.

Love the urns

Love the Details

Love the columns

These pink blossoms are so pretty.

The Ceiling of the Rotunda
I wonder what these ladies are looking at, don't you?

Growing in the gardens right now

The Family!

One of the angels

The lovely ladies of the Palace

And one of the lovely little ladies that came to visit!

Jewels sitting on the dedicatory seal
in the center of the rotunda.


LA Adams said...

This looks familiar, though I don't think I've ever been in the Rotunda. Is is next to a children's museum- exploratory museum? Geese and Swans in the lake - lagoon? Maybe I'm just imagining---

laura.elizabeth said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures Mom! You have got serious talent lady! The colors are brilliant and the composition amazing! Of course, the subject is pretty cool too!