9 Of The Boldest Buildings In The History Of The World’s Fair

For Architectural Digest, by Nick Mafi.

The World’s Fair has long been an event where architects have an opportunity to offer up an idealized version of the future. In April, 1900, for example, the Exposition Universelle opened in Paris, and the City of Light dazzled with bold new structures, such as the Grand Palais, that remain breathtaking feats of design. AD looks back at the innovative towers, museums, and residences built as architectural beacons for some of the most memorable expositions.

Eiffel Tower

Location: Paris Year: 1889 Architect: Stephen Sauvestre

Grand Palais

Location: Paris Year: 1900 Architects: Henri Deglane, Charles Louis Girault, Albert Louvet, and Albert-Félix-Théophile Thomas

Arc de Triomf

Location: Barcelona Year: 1888 Architect: Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas

Saint Louis Art Museum

Location: St. Louis, Missouri Year: 1904 Architect: Cass Gilbert

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (formerly San Francisco Civic Auditorium)

Location: San Francisco Year: 1915 Architect: John Galen Howard

Palau Nacional

Location: Barcelona Year: 1929 Architects: Enric Catà and Pedro Cendoya

Space Needle

Location: Seattle, Washington Year: 1962 Architect: John Graham & Company

Habitat 67

Location: Montreal Year: 1967 Architect: Moshe Safdie

Puente del Alamillo

Location: Seville, Spain Year: 1992 Architect: Santiago Calatrava

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