This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This beautiful building, destroyed through proximity to a burning church, a year or so ago,has been rebuilt by W. L. Schaffer, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and was reopened on the 5th of January. It is 200 feet deep by 75 feet wide. The main hall for exhibitions is 140 feet long, 70 feet wide, and 30 feet high. As a measure of safety to a large audience in case of fire, there are seven doors leading from the building.
A grand concert was given in order to test its audiphonic powers, and it was pronounced a complete success. Horticultural Hall was, with all its supposed faults, an almost indispensable building to Philadelphians, and one of which they were always proud, and the congratulations to the President of the Horticultural Society, in the re-erection of the beautiful building were on the re-opening numerous and sincere.