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Date Opened 1964
Demolished
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Venue URL http://www.nycgovparks.org
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The New York State Pavilion was constructed for the Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Designed by architect Philip Johnson (born 1906), the "Tent of Tomorrow" measures 350 feet by 250 feet, with sixteen 100-foot columns suspending a 50,000 square-foot roof of multi-colored panels. The popular exhibit for the state of New York also held three towers, measuring 60 feet, 150 feet, and 226 feet. The two shorter towers held cafeterias for the fair, and the tallest tower, as the highest point of the fair, held an observation deck. Fair visitors ascended the towers in the "Sky Streak" capsule elevators.

The pavilion included a display from the New York State Power Authority with a 26-foot scale replica of the St. Lawrence hydroelectric plant. The pavilions mezzanine featured art from local museums and information about the states industries along a path called "Highways through New York." The Fine Arts Gallery showed pieces from the Hudson River School and portraits of New York State colonists. Approximately six million people visited the New York State Pavilion. Perhaps the most spectacular feature of the exhibit was the Texaco Companys map of New York State. The map was designed with 567 terrazzo mosaic panels, each weighing 400 pounds. Rand McNally & Company assisted in constructing the $1,000,000 map, which featured the 50,000 square miles of New York State in meticulous detail. The cities, towns, highways, roads, and Texaco stations were accurately mapped in the 9,000 square-foot design. After the fair, the space under the tent was used as a roller skating rink and as a performance space by the Council for International Recreation, Culture, and Lifelong Education. By 1976, the roof above the map became unstable and the tent was removed, exposing the map of New York State to the ravages of weather.
http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/historical_signs/hs_historical_sign.php?id=12632

A LOT more information can be viewed at: http://www.newyorkstatepavilion.org/nysplegacy1.pdf



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