Scenic Temple

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Scenic Temple
Type Exhibition
Park Section Unknown
Built 1908
Opened 1908
Closed Unknown

An building once called the Scenic Temple at Olentangy Park opened on Memorial Day, May 30, 1908.[1] Little is known about the attraction other than that it showed "Battle Scenes of the Republic,"[2][3] by the French artist Paul Phillippoteaux[4] and described as a $50,000 (over $1.6 million in 2022) "scenic production of General Grant's Campaign in the Late Civil War"[1] and was "some of the finest paintings of great battles of the Civil War."[5] The artist's painted canvasses were also on exhibition in Europe and included the "Battle of Gettysburg," "The Siege of Paris," and "The Belgian Revolution."[4] Admission was 10 cents ($3.22) for adults and 5 cents ($1.61) for children.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. Ad for Scenic Temple. 24 May 1908. Pg. 12.
  2. "Olentangy Park, Theater, and Zoo." Dispatch Daily Magazine. 29 May 1908. Pg. 12.
  3. "Olentangy Park." Dispatch Daily Magazine. 23 April 1908. Pg. 14.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Barret, Richard E. "More on Olentangy Park." Columbus and Central Ohio Historian. Vol. 3. May 1985. Pg. 39.
  5. "Olentangy Park." Dispatch Daily Magazine. 1 June 1908. Pg. 12.