1904 World's Fair

Staff and stucco are ready to be placed at the varied industries building during the construction for the fair.

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society


One of the most common questions about the fair is what happened to all those glorious, ornately carved, palatial structures? The buildings were made of a material called “staff," a type of plaster mixed with fiber such as straw or hemp, that made it easier to carve. The staff was applied over wood structures designed to be temporary, placed over half of Forest Park.

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