Horticultural Hall
1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition
Built 1875, Demolished 1955
Hermann Schwarzmann (1846-1891)



Image: Leslie, Frank, Historical Register of the United States Centennial Exposition. New York: Frank Leslie’s Publishing House, 1876.






One of two buildings intended for permanency, Horticultural Hall was designed by the German-born Schwarzmann, the Architect-in-Chief for the Centennial Exposition, as well as the architect for Memorial Hall. Horticultural Hall was demolished in 1955 after suffering years of decay. Constructed of iron and glass, it featured botanical exhibitions from all over the world, showcasing plants that had never been seen here before.

For information about the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and sources/reference materials, see the Centennial overview.