52 Photos Week 41: Autumn
This week, I am sharing a picture of the Hay Palace in Momence, Illinois. (my hometowm) This palace was built in 1890, 1891 and 1892. It was billed as the Autumn Festival.
I am not sure if you are able to read the description of the Hay Palace - but it was made entirely of hay bales. The building was 206' in length, 166' wide in the center and it was a perfect circle, 103' in diameter. It was flanked to the North, South, East and West by wings that were 50' wide. The central dome was 87' high.
The surviving Veterans of the 76th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers would hold their annual camp fire in the auditorium. I had relatives, as did my husband in that regiment.
This was the first attempt at constructing an exhibition building entirely out of hay, and it was successful.