Monday, June 13, 2016

Ruins of the 1964 New York World’s Fair Pavilion



The New York State Pavilion on Flushing Meadows–Corona Park was constructed between 1962 and 1964 for the 1964 New York World's Fair, the exposition dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe".

Designed by architects Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin, the pavilion consists of three components made of reinforced concrete and steel: the Tent of Tomorrow, and eliptical construction based on 16 reinforced concrete piers which once supported the largest cable suspension roof in the world while the floor depicted a map of the New York state, the Observation Towers consisting of three towers, the tallest of them 226 feet (69 metres) high, and the Theaterama which today is home to the Queens Theatre in the Park.

The New York State Pavilion was maintained for future use after the end of the exposition but no reuse was ever found except for the Theaterama which in 1994 became home of the Queens Theatre. Although several plans for its restoration have been proposed, until today it remains abandoned and it has mainly been used for TV and movie sets, including an episode of McCloud, The Wiz, Men in Black, and Iron Man 2. It was also the venue for rock concerts as part of the Singer Bowl Festival in 1969 that included the Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, and Santana.




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