Preservation Issues

Restoration of New York State Pavilion Set to Begin


-Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver


-Observation Towers


New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park


New York State Pavilion from '64-65 World's Fair


New York State Pavilion today


Queens Theatre, photo by Steve Fisher


Observation Towers, photo by Steve Fisher

Update – November 2019

The Conservancy attended the November 8 groundbreaking ceremonies for the restoration of the New York State Pavilion from the 1964/65 World’s Fair.

The Conservancy helped the formation of “People for the Pavilion,” a grassroots organization. We also advised Queens Borough President Melinda Katz on restoring and lighting needs. Katz secured $24 million in City and State funding for the work. Architect Philip Johnson, a former Conservancy trustee, designed the Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Update – June 2014
What Does the Future Hold for New York State Pavilion

We are deeply grateful to Mayor de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and the City Council for their allocations totaling $5.8 million to begin the restoration of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows ~ Corona Park.

The Conservancy serves on the Queens Borough President’s Pavilion Task Force and is supporting People For the Pavilion, a local group working to save and reuse the iconic structures.

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January 2014

The Landmarks Conservancy was very pleased to support the kickoff of “People for the Pavilion” at the Queens Theatre on January 25.  An audience of 250+ learned about the past, present and possible future of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

 Built for the 1964-65 World’s Fair, the Pavilion was designed by the famous modernist architect Philip Johnson, an early Conservancy board member.  By all accounts, it was the star of the fair.  Capsule-shaped elevators would whisk visitors to the top of the observation towers where they could enjoy an impressive view of the fairgrounds and the entire metropolitan area.  The arena portion was originally roofed with colored glass panels supported by cables.  Underfoot was a giant map of New York State executed in colored terrazzo.  The Pavilion, along with the nearby Unisphere and Hall of Science, are the most notable reminders of that great World’s Fair.



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