WORLD'S FAIRS COMPARED: FACTS AND STATISTICS

Name

Place and Date

Duration

Makers

Exhibitors

Memorable sites

Visitors

Cost

Participating countries

Area: size & location

Admission cost

The Great Exhibition of The Works of Industry of All Nations

London, U.K., 1851

May 1— Oct 11, 1851

164 days

Architect: Joseph Paxton

14,000

The Crystal Palace: Joseph Paxton

6,039,195

£ 335,742


Profit: £ 186,437

25

10.5 hectares Hyde Park

Between one Shilling and one Pound

Exposition Universelle des produits de l'agriculture, de l'industrie et des beaux-arts de Paris

Paris, France, 1855

May 15—Nov 15, 1855

185 days

Organizer: Napoleon III

23,954

Le Palace de l'industrie: Jean-Marie-Victor Viel

5,162,330

11,340,000 Francs


Loss: 8,140,000 Francs

34

16 hectares Champs-Elysées

Between 0,20 and 2 Francs

The London International Exhibition on Industry and Art

London, England, 1862

May 1—Nov 1, 1862

184 days

Architect: Cpt. Francis Fowke Organizer: Royal Society of Arts

25,000 or 29,765 (sources vary)

The Exposition Palace: Cpt. Francis Fowke

6,096,617

458,842 Pounds


Profit: 784,000 Pounds

39

12.5 hectares South Kensington

Between 1 Shilling and 1 Pound

Exposition Universelle de Paris

Paris, France, 1867

Apr 1—Nov 3, 1867

217 days

President: Prince Napoléon

General Commissioner: Frédéric Le Play

52,200

Chinese and Japanese Pavilions

11,000,000 or 15,000,000 (sources vary)

22,984,000 Francs


Profit: 3,130,000 Francs

42

68.7 hectares Champ-de-Mars and island of Billancourt

Between 0,50 and 2 Francs

Wien Welt-Ausstellung

Vienna, Austria,1873

May 1— Oct 31, 1873

184 days

President: Archduke Reigner

Director-General: W. von Schwarz-Senborn

53,000

The Rotunda: Scott Russel

7,255,000

19,123,270 Gulden


Loss: 14,866, 921 Gulden

35

233 hectares Park of Prater

Between 50 Kreuzer and 1 Gulden

Celebration of the Centennial of American Independence

Philadelphia, USA, 1876

May 10—Nov 10, 1876

184 days

President: J.R. Hawley

Director: A.T. Goshorn

Architect: H.J. Schwarzmann

30,864

The Women's Pavilion

approx. 10,000,000

8,000,000 Dollars


Loss: approx. 4,000,000 Dollars

35

115 hectares

Fairmount Park

0.50 Cents

Exposition Universelle de Paris

Paris, France, 1878

May 20—Nov 10, 1878

174 days

Commissaire général: Jean-Baptiste Kranz 52,835

Palais du Trocadéro: Gabriel Davioud and Jules Bourdais

16,156,626

55,835 Francs


Loss: 28,704,765 Francs

35

75 hectares Champ-de-Mars

1 Franc

Exposicion Universal de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain, 1888

May 20—Dec 9, 1888

Architect: Elies Rogent

Arc de Triomf: Josep Vilaseca

2,300,000 1,700,000 Dollars 30

380,000 square meters
Ciutadella Park

Exposition Universelle de Paris

Paris, France, 1889

May 5—Oct 31, 1889

180 days

Chief Architect: Joseph-Antoine Bouvard

61,722

Tour Eiffel

32,250,297

41,500,000 Francs


Profit 8,000,000 Francs

35 (official)

18 (unofficial)

96 hectares

1 Franc

World's Columbian Exposition

Chicago, USA, 1893

May 1—Oct 3, 1893

156 days

Presedent: T.W. Palmer

Architects: D.H. Burnham, J.W. Root, C. B. Atwood, F.L. Olmsted

70,000

The Electrical Building

27,529,400

$ 27,040,316


Profit $ 1,408,208

45

290 hectares Jackson Park

Between 0,25 and 0,50 Dollars

Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Paris

Paris, France 1900

Apr 15—Nov 12, 1900

Commissioner general: Alfred Picard

Architectural director: J-A Bouvard

83,047

Grand Entrance

50,860,801

119,225,707 Francs


Profit: 7,000,000 Francs

40 (official)

18 (unofficial

120 hectares Champ-de-Mars, les Invalides, Chaillot

Between 1 and 2 Francs

Louisiana Purchase Exposition

St Louis, USA, 1904

April 30— Dec 1, 1904

216 days

Presdident: D. R. Francis

Director: F.J.V. Skiff

Head Architect: I.S. Taylor

15,009

Ferris Wheel and Palace of Electricity

19,694,855

Between $25,000,000 and $31,500,000


Loss: $ 1.000.000

60

500 hectares Forest Park

Between 0,25 and 0,50 Dollars

Esposizione internazionale delle industrie e del lavoro

Turin, Italy,1911

Apr 29—Nov 19, 1911

P. Fenoglio, S. Molli, G. Salvadori di Wieshenoff (architects) T. Villa (organizer)

Ponte Monumentale e Padiglione della Citta' di Parigi

7,409,145

$

37

250,000 square meters

Parco del Valentino

0,50 Liras

Panama-Pacific International Exposition

San Francisco, USA, 1915

Feb. 20—Dec 4, 1915, 289 days

President: Charles C. Moore

Architectural director: G.W. Kelham

30,000

Palace of Fine Arts

18,876,438

$ 25,865,914


Profit: $ 1,312,150

61 (official)

3 (unofficial)

254 hectares Marina District

Between 0,25 and 0,50 Dollars


A note on the data