IDIA Lab : 1915 San Francisco World's Fair

By Mencius Watts

Ball State University IDIA Lab simulation of the 1915 San Francisco Panama – Pacific Exposition. The project allows for visitors to travel to the past to immersively tour a recreation of an historic environment that no longer exists. The exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal but also San Francisco’s recovery from the devastating earthquake of 1906. The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. One of a handful of surviving structures from the Exposition, it is still situated on its original site. It was rebuilt in 1965.