Saturday, February 21, 2015

100th Anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

Palace After Dark: Film & Light Installation at the Palace of Fine Arts. 100th Anniversary of the Panama-Pacific Int’l Exposition (PPIE). February 20, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the World’s Fair celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal and showcasing San Francisco—its recovery from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake and fire and its world trade potential.

Flags were ordered flown at half mast by mayor James Rolph in San Francisco on Sunday, December 5, 1915, the day after the Panama Pacific International Exposition closed. The 635-acre site for the exposition had been leased from a variety of owners and immediate restitution of the land was necessary.

But one building was saved - the Palace of Fine Arts, still a SF destination for weddings, lovers of the vistas and those who admire the swans. 

Throughout 2015, the PPIE100, a citywide consortium of cultural, civic, and historical organizations, will conduct centennial programs to commemorate the PPIE’s historical significance and to reflect on its legacy.

The background and history:

View all PPIE 2015 Events – tons of them are free.

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