Daniel Bluestone, director, Preservation Studies; professor, History of Art and Architecture; professor, American and New England Studies, Boston University

The 19th century saw the rise of the first American megacity, with Chicago exceeding one million residents by 1890. This rapid growth stunned observers—they worried what it implied for society and culture, and the future of humanity. Explore efforts to come to terms with rapid urbanization and industrialization of this American megacity of the 19th century.

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Above: American, Bird’s eye view of the World’s Fair Chicago 1893, 1893. 2012.9500. Color lithogrpah on card stock. Gift of Leonard A. Lauder.