The Royal Exhibition Building and its surrounding Carlton Gardens were designed for the great international exhibitions of 1880 and 1888 in Melbourne. The building and grounds were designed by Joseph Reed. The building is constructed of brick and timber, steel and slate. It combines elements from the Byzantine, Romanesque, Lombardic and Italian Renaissance styles. The property is typical of the international exhibition movement which saw over 50 exhibitions staged between 1851 and 1915 in venues including Paris, New York, Vienna, Calcutta, Kingston (Jamaica) and Santiago (Chile). All shared a common theme and aims: to chart material and moral progress through displays of industry from all nations.
Why should you visit Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens?
The Royal Exhibition Building and the surrounding Carlton Gardens, as the main extant survivors of a Palace of Industry and its setting, together reflect the global influence of the international exhibition movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The movement showcased technological innovation and change, which helped promote a rapid increase in industrialization and international trade through the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
- The building and gardens were designed for the Great International Exhibition of 1880. It is the only major 19th century Palace of Industry exhibition building in the world to survive substantially intact.
- One of the biggest management challenges is managing the tree population which is nowmore than 110 years old and will need to be replaced overthe next 10-20 years.
- The central purpose of the international exhibition movement was to showcase industrial and technological progress. The global interchange of human values and ideas that took place during the 19th Century had lasting impacts on the development of modern society.
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