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The Cabin at the Fair
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Burnham had this cabin constructed on the Wooded Island of the World's Columbian Exposition (some fair buildings are visible behind the cabin) so that he could literally live within this all-consuming project. The photo appears in Charles Moore's biography of Burnham, along with a caption that mentions the "artists' revels," a reference to the sometimes high-spirited doings among Burnham and his fellow architects and artists before they went to bed on the cots in the cabin. "Merrily sped the hours with jests and stories and practical jokes by the painters and sculptors," Moore writes, "and on Sunday evenings there was music by a band made up from Theodore Thomas's Orchestra, with the master himself to direct them."