Bold splashes of color seem almost articulate with the spirit of carnival, a flaming expression of fun and frivolity which is of the very essence of a Fair. And it is interesting to note the percentages of colors used. Approximately twenty per cent of all the painted surfaces is in white, twenty per cent in blue, twenty per cent in oranges, fifteen per cent in black, and the remaining twenty-five per cent is divided among the yellows, red, grays, and green. The result sought was a correlation of many buildings that are different in character, shape and mass, and which are arranged on a very informal plan.
Consider the architecture of the buildings. In most of them there are no windows. These structures are for the most part unbroken planes and surfaces of asbestos and gypsum board and plywood and other such materials on light steel frames, rather than a parade of sculptured ornamentation. “It would be incongruous to house exhibits showing man’s progress in the past century in a Greek temple of the age of Pericles, or a Roman villa of the time of Hadrian,” said members of the architectural commission.
A Century of Progress considered two things in planning the types of building construction. First, here was a city built for 150 days of life, not for the 30 years that is the anticipated life of a modern building. Second, in construction as well as in architecture, it was intended that here should be a huge experimental laboratory, in which home builders and manufacturers can study, and from which they might borrow for their buildings of the future.