The Great Exhibition The Great Exhibition was designed and built in the same year of 1851. It was built and finished in 9 months. It was designed by Joseph Paxton. The Building was built for different countries to come together and show of their finest creations as well as designs. Each country had a section place for their own space. It was a structure made from iron and glass. It sparkled in the sun so it was soon named the Crystal Palace because it looked like crystal. On the 1st May, 1851, the grand opening of The Great Exhibition was presented by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of which they wanted the Crystal Palace to be built. Joseph Paxton ( the designer) put a lot of detail into the structure and built exactly! The Palace was originally built in Hyde park before relocating to Penge Common Inside the Great Exhibition were fully grown trees , a hardware section, fountains on the outside and inside and furniture from the Commonwealth. Unfortunately there was a roaring inferno took place and The Great Exhibition burnt down to the ground.