Glass and Iron Vaulted Roof of the Great Exhibition

Raising the ribs of the Transept roof

Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton


As images of the closing ceremony reveal, the builders of the Crystal Palace chose to construct the structure around one of the trees that had caused so much controversy rather than cut it down.

Constructing the Crystal Palace

  • Raising the Girder of the Central Aisle
  • Construction of the Roof
  • Ribs of the Transept
  • Working on the exhibition hall once the roof is in place
  • Sectional View of Galleries
  • Glass and Iron Vaulted Roof