Paxton's Crystal Palace

The Transept at the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace, the glass and iron building designed by Joseph Paxton, at Hyde Park, London. Original Artwork: From Dickinsons Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Sir Joseph Paxton was a 19th-century botanist who became instantly famous for the hall he designed for the Great Expo of 1851. After the expo, the Crystal Palace moved to a new location and became the centerpiece of the world's first theme park.

Topics in this Podcast: European history, British history, 19th century, Architecture