Aquatic birds in great Government Bird Cage, Louisiana Purchase Exposition
The large birdcage exhibit was built under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution. It was part of the United States government's exhibits at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
Frank Baker, Superintendent of the National Zoo, designed the structure which cost $17,500 to construct.
The Smithsonian Institution wanted to move the birdcage to Washington, D.C. after the Fair. However the City of St. Louis purchased the birdcage for $3,500. Today it can be seen at the St. Louis Zoo in Forest Park.