Pictures and Illustrations.
Upward of twenty large public buildings were erected by the State of Illinois during Governor Altgeld's administration. The following pictures show the character of eight of them. Owing to the rapid growth of population, the demand for floor space and the small appropriations but little attention had been paid the the exterior architecture of the public buildings. But during the last 3 years of his administration he required the architects to devote more attention to this subject, although the appropriations were so ridiculously small that no elaborate style or ornamentation could be adopted.