San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, designed by Bernard Maybeck, may be the best-known remnant of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. But the impact of the exposition goes far beyond that monumental structure. The fair, which attracted nearly 20 million visitors, commemorated the completion of the Panama Canal and marked the city's recovery from the 1906 earthquake. Pavilions spotlighted new technologies like the automobile, air travel and the first-ever transcontinental phone call. One hundred years later, we discuss the fair's lasting significance.
Images Of the 1915 Exposition
Courtesy of the California Historical Society
Night view of the Panama Pacific International Expo, 1915. Photographer: Unknown. Gelatin silver print.