Sunday, November 27, 2011

"Dreamland's" "Sleeping Woman" from the 1901 Pan-American Expo survives

Amazing that something as large and old as this still exists today in Buffalo, New York.

Leilani wrote at her blog...

Back during the Expo, the massive face acted as an entrance into one of the amusement rides called "Dreamland". The ride consisted of a mirror maze, which it is said that "No illusion on the Midway is more confusing or amusing".

Today, the Sleeping Woman is located on 459 Forest Ave. at the Buffalo Historical Society's Resource Center for the Pan-American Exposition. Although she is a replica, she is still just as impressive as she must have been in 1901. I think it's wonderful that such an unexpected glimpse of history is still out there on the streets for people to think and wonder about. Buffalo's got a huge fight going for preservation-- I also included some pictures I took yesterday of the H. H. Richardson Complex, a former insane asylum that is directly across from the Sleeping Woman. Incidentally, my great aunt worked here back in the 1930s. The Richardson Complex is a treasure of Buffalo--- the architect also designed the Trinity Church in Boston, MA and the landscaping around the complex was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

Pan-American Exposition [Wikipedia]

May celebration 1901

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