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Corn Palaces and Butter QueensA History of Crop Art and Dairy Sculpture$
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Pamela H. Simpson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676194

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676194.001.0001

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America’s World’s Fairs, 1893–1915

America’s World’s Fairs, 1893–1915

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Corn Palaces and Butter Queens

Pamela H. Simpson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the role of cereal architecture, crop art, and butter sculpture at the major international expositions of Chicago in 1893, Buffalo in 1901, Saint Louis in 1904, and San Francisco in 1915. It describes the Columbian Exposition’s new style of architecture introduced by the State of Iowa. This new style referred to temples covered with decorative grain cladding that filled the Agricultural Hall and the state pavilions. Kansas built a pavilion decorated with corn and wheat that spelled out how many millions of bushels of each had been harvested the year before. California showed a citrus tower, an orange-covered Liberty Bell, and a full-scale equestrian knight in prunes. Iowa’s building featured emblems of the arts and industries delineated in 130 varieties of grain.

Keywords:   cereal architecture, crop art, butter sculpture, international expositions, corn, wheat, grain

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