Offical Views - San Diego Panama California Exposition
Editeur : Panama California Exposition
Année de sortie : 1915
Langue : Anglais
On as inspiring a site as the world can offer, a broad mesa surrounded by palm-filled canyons and commanding a gorgeous view of the flower-gowned slopes, the peaks of California and Mexico, the vineyards and orchards of orange and olive and the majestic Pacific, San Diego has built its Exposition Beautiful, to last not only throughout 1915, but as many years thereafter as stone and staunch timber will hold together.
No conventional architecture is here, such as crammed the grounds of the old-style world's fair, but mission and cathedral and palace uniformly of the Spanish Colonial type, the type which Cabrillo knew when he, the first white man to see the Pacific coast of what was to be the United States, sailed into the Harbor of the Sun in 1542; the type which Viscaino knew, the type which Fray Serra knew and did much to reproduce when he planted civilization on the west coast, at the old mission of San Diego de Alcala. No conventional costumes clothe the guards and attendants. They are caballero and conquistadore, guardsmen of Castile, dancing girls of Aragon. The atmosphere of old Spain and the days of the padres is flawless, decked out with the added quaintness of the Indian life of the Southwest.
Over the appealing lines of the buildings, over the cool cloisters, around the pergolas which overhang the canyons, up the slopes of the campaniles and the domes and the mission bell towers where the pigeons nest, everywhere swarms the semi-tropical foliage of southern California, the palm and cypress, the eucalypt and acacia, the rose, the clematis, the jasmine, the honeysuckle, the triumphant splendor of the bougainvillea. The scent of the orange floods the air, cooled by the soft zephyr from the near-by sea. Here is rest; here is peace; here is happiness. Here is the loveliness of bountiful Nature, assembled and crystallized at San Diego's Exposition Beautiful.