Berkeley: Heyday and the California Historical Society, 2015. Fine. First Edition. SIGNED by Author, [11.25x8.75in]; ix, 379 pp. , images and illustrations throughout with notes, sources, image credits and index; Dark blue cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine, gilt border and floral design on front, color image at night of Exposition bordered by gilt field, color image on back of Exposition during day from San Francisco Bay, map of Exposition on front and back blue-gray end papers; Signed and dated by Author [at the book release presentation to the Book Club of California], tipped in facsimile of 1915 PPIE postcard for the 2015 anniversary celebration. Item #13312
Laura Ackley is an Architectural Historian and is a leading authority on the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 (PPIE). The PPIE was a significant turning point for the City of San Francisco only 9 years after the devastating 1906 earthquake. It was also a showcase for the importance and influence of the United States in the Pacific. This book brings together the story of the PPIE from the extensive archive of documents and images in the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library.
The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) was a significant event for San Francisco, California and the United States. The planning for the exposition began in 1904, two years before the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed most of the City and caused significant damage to most of the bay area. As part of the rebuilding and recovery efforts for San Francisco, the PPIE world fair opened in February 1915 to enthusiastic crowds. The over 600 acres were beautifully designed and promoted as a community of eleven exhibition “palaces”, 21 foreign pavilions, 48 State buildings and a 65 acre amusement zone. The design of the buildings and grounds was an inspirational mix of Greco Romanesque style with modern architectural, artistic and technological elements. Until closing in December 1915, over 18 million visitors enjoyed the exposition, the City and California. After closing, most of the “temporary” buildings were demolished, except for the Fine Arts Palace, lake and grounds (designed by Bernard Maybeck and still in use in 2021) and a few others relocated. The San Francisco Legion of Honor art museum is a replica of the PPIE French pavilion. The land was intended to be sold off for residential and commercial development, which is now known as the Marina District.