Preservation Issues

What Does the Future Hold for New York State Pavilion

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 – June 2014

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.


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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