St. Basil’s was built in the Byzantine style, along the lines of the famous Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. Granite columns rose from steps on the portico and the interior contained frescoes and mosaics in bright colors.
The directors of the 1893 Columbian Exposition wanted to outdo the Paris World’s Fair. The hit of that fair had been Gustave Eiffel’s soaring iron tower. On June 21st, the world saw Chicago’s answer to the challenge: George Washington Ferris’s giant wheel.