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The Crystal Palace  

was a cast iron and plate glass structure originally built in Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Designed by garden designer Joseph Paxton it was an early example of mass production and modular design in architecture.
Being three times larger than St Pauls Cathedral it was able to house more than 14000 exhibitors from around the world.
After the Great Exhibition the building was moved to Sydenham Hill in South London where it remained until it was destroyed by fire in 1936.

This reconstruction has been modelled on the building as it was at Sydenham Hill in South London.
The event taking place in the image is based on a ‘Festival of Balloons’ from 1900 in Crystal Palace Park.
Along with the balloons there are other contemporary vehicles on exhibit such as an early aeroplane and a contemporary car.
Food stalls and street performers can be seen filling the centre stage.

close ups showing some of the detail in this image