New York Hall of Science

New York Hall of Science

2 Friday

Tour Time: 12:00

Ennead Architects
47-01 111th Street
Corona, Queens

The Great Hall celebrated its recent reopening following a renovation led by Todd Schliemann of Ennead Architects which returns this landmark of mid-century modernism to its place as the centerpiece of the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). Among the most formally exotic buildings in Queens, the Great Hall was the main exhibit space of the original Hall of Science, designed by Harrison and Abramovitz Architects for the 1964 World’s Fair and is among the Fair’s few surviving structures. Its undulating cellular concrete wall and 5,400 dalle-de-verre panels with cobalt blue glass define the institution’s identity and enclose an irregular hall, designed to give the illusion of being in deep space. There, visitors to the World’s Fair could see science exhibits and docking spacecraft suspended high above. The ambitious restoration project included stabilization and repair of the both the interior and exterior sides of the building envelope, renovation and modernization of the interior of the Great Hall and entry lobby and the addition of an intensive green roof assembly, lighting and an outdoor classroom for the Great Hall roof terrace.  Theresa O’Leary, associate at Ennead Architects and project architect on the renovation of the Great Hall and terrace, will lead the tour of this iconic “Building of the Day”.

Tour Guide: Theresa O’Leary, Associate, Ennead Architects

Price: $10