In 1851, the first World Fair was held in London. Designed by the Queen’s husband, Prince Albert, it was intended as a grandiose event celebrating the glory of Victoria’s Empire throughout the world. In a massive building that included an enormous structure of iron covered in glass, over 13,000 exhibits from all over the world were displayed.
Thousands of visitors moved through the building. Later in life, Sandford Fleming drew inspiration from this impressive building when he designed Toronto’s Palace of Industry.