19th & 20th Century Architecture: Essay #1: The Crystal Palace and The Crystal Court

This assignment was written by Jessica Ainsworth-Truong for use in post-secondary education.  This assignment is not to be used by others without written consent.

Field Trip Site (to be visited on your own time):

Location            Crystal Court @ the IDS Center

Architect and date            Philip Johnson and John Burgee, 1972

Address            80 S. 8th St.      Minneapolis, MN

Hours            approx. 6am to 10pm weekdays

8am-8pm Saturday

11am to 5pm Sunday


Compare and contrast the Crystal Court to Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace Exposition Hall, designed in London in 1851.

Pay particular attention to

  • Structure/Organization
  • Display of Culture/Atmosphere
  • Use of Material

A compare and contrast paper is defined as a text that equally discusses the similarities and differences between two different items.  Please make sure you do both in your essay.


2-3 pages, double-spaced, typed.  Use Times New Roman or Ariel font size 12 with one inch margins.

 Total of 15 points


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