As it happened – December 4, 2015

December 4, 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of closing day at the  Panama-Pacific International Exposition. To mark this momentous occasion, Donna Huggins, the official Spokesperson for the Centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition arranged for a final ceremony at the San Francisco Ferry Building, which has been adorned with “1915 lights” to mark the Centennial. Read more about this event in the San Francisco Chronicle, and view a slideshow of photos from the event online.

Photo by Stuart Locklear

Emperor Norton and Lola Montez. Photo by Stuart Locklear.

Photo by Stuart Locklear

Donna Huggins, Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s Spokesperson for the Centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Photo by Stuart Locklear

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Ferry Building Tower “Lights Out” Event to Mark Centennial of Closing Day of 1915 World’s Fair

The Ferry Building Tower lights are going out. As part of the centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE100) the illuminated “1915” lights on top of San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building Tower will be extinguished to mark the exact date of the closing of the 1915 World’s Fair.

On Friday, December 4th beginning at 4:15 p.m. several hundred World’s Fair admirers, dignitaries and historians, many dressed in period attire, will be entertained by San Francisco ragtime singers as the lights atop the Ferry Building Tower are turned off, just as they were at the conclusion of the World’s Fair one hundred years ago. ... Read More >