New York State Pavilion
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin, 1962-64
NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

The 1964/65 World's Fair took place in what is now Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The New York State Pavilion, now closed, remains a cherished icons of this international event. Architect Philip Johnson, inspired by the great state fairs of New York, designed his three-part structure to include the circular "Tent of Tomorrow," with a colorful ceiling and red and white striped canvas siding, a Theaterama, and three Observatory Towers.

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 towers, which once featured external elevator cars running on slipped concrete columns, measure 60 feet,150 feet,and 226 feet. Pop Art selected for display on the side of the Theaterama featured work by Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, and others, and was to include a large silkscreened "Thirteen Wanted Men," by artist Andy Warhol, but the controversial subject Warhol selected (mug shots of the country's most notorious criminals) offended Robert Moses and was removed just before opening day. The structure is now closed to the public except for supervised hard hat viewings on rare occasion. Recent funding donations for restoration of the Pavilion come from Borough President Melinda Katz, the New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors Association, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Hard Hat tours within the Tent of Tomorrow structure will be open to the public for OHNY. The New York State Pavilion Paint Project volunteers will set up visual panels displaying the history of the structure inside the structure, and will be on hand to commend and answer questions during viewings.

Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: Tours inside the Tent of Tomorrow will be offered on an ongoing basis throughout both days.

Access Notes: Visitors should wear hard-soled shoes and hard hats will be loaned to each person as they enter, and must be worn for the duration of the tour.

 

Image Credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks