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Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco Bay

Design for the Exposition Tower The Spire to the Sun on Treasure Island. Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco Bay, California, USA (1939/1940). Date: 1937

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1938 California Exposition Francisco Spire Treasure 1937

This image showcases the design concept for the Tower of the Sun, the centerpiece of the Golden Gate International Exposition, which took place on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay from 1939 to 1940. The exposition was a significant cultural and technological event in the history of California and the United States, attracting millions of visitors from around the world. The Tower of the Sun, designed by architect Joseph Strauss and engineer Joseph Eichler, was intended to symbolize the sun and the unity of the world's peoples. The structure was planned to be 400 feet tall, making it one of the tallest structures in the Bay Area at the time. The design featured a series of concentric rings, each representing a different continent, and a golden sphere at the top to represent the sun. The exposition was originally scheduled to open in 1938 but was delayed due to construction challenges and the onset of World War II. The Tower of the Sun was never built due to funding constraints and the focus shifted towards the war effort. However, the design remains an intriguing piece of California and exposition history. This photograph, taken in 1937, captures the vision and ambition of the Golden Gate International Exposition and the Tower of the Sun, a testament to the power of human imagination and the enduring allure of architectural design.

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