The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia has recently released Models of the Crystal Palace,
an extension of the "Monuments and Dust: The Culture of Victorian London" research project (last mentioned in the December 4, 1998 Scout Report
). This amazing site contains luminous photos of the shape and design of the Crystal Palace and provides source materials on its history and construction. The graphics include both high and low detail VRML models, along with interior and exterior animations that give clear and illuminating depictions of the palace. In addition, the site contains a "Lighting Simulation" field that renders images and animations of the building's lighting, as it existed in 1851. This is definitely a site to explore for architects and those users awe-struck by 3-D graphic images.