marble steps and landings lead down to its waters which afford ample space
for pleasure boats, canoes and gondolas, and which crossed by ornamental
bridges, connect the canals that bound the International Centre on the right
and left. The rear facade of the Palace of Art is reflected in this mirror;
and on its opposite side semicircular tiers of seats form a Water-Theatre for
nocturnal spectacles and illuminations.
A Natural History Museum, on one side of the Lake, and very large
Green-Houses on the other, facilitate a thorough study of plant and animal
life in their relations to art, and broad avenues traversing the grand canal by
bridges lead up to the Physical Culture Centre which forms not only a
desirable addition, but a practical necessity.