Pullman and the World's Fair


The Administration Building, the Hotel Florence and Green Stone Church were most impressive in their ecclectic architectural design.

The Hotel Florence, named after Mr. Pullman's favorite daughter, was luxuriously furnished and kept, housing the "aristocracy of Pullman" and the only bar allowed in the prohibition village. This was Pullman's way of sponsoring temperance, yet there was a worn path out of town to the thirty bars located in Kensington.

Hotel Florence

The Green Stone Church, named so for the color of its stone structure, looks perfect on the outside but was functionally inept inside. There was one large room, an auditorium, and no separate classrooms or amenities. As Mr. Pullman stated: "When that church was built it was not intended so much for the moral and spiritual welfare of the people as it was for the completion of the artistic effect of the scene." This proved to be the case, for the Church remained mostly empty due to the high rent requested by Pullman.

Arcade and Church
World's Fair

The lawns, fountains, and architecture of Pullman were copied in the 1893 World's Fair (Solon S. Beman designed the Mines and Mining building). Alan Trachtenburg asks: "What starker contradiction than the strike and the themes of the Fair?" Just like the Fair's elaborate facades, Pullman also put up a front. As Rev. Carwardine wrote: "The great trouble with this whole Pullman system is that it is not what it pretends to be."

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