New York State Pavilion
Tour Time: 12:00pm
Philip Johnson (1964)
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, Queens 11355
The iconic New York State Pavilion is one of the structures remaining in Flushing Meadows Corona Park from the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. Designed by architect Phillip Johnson, it consisted of the Tent of Tomorrow, the Theaterama, and the Astro-View Towers. Commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller, it was the tallest structure at the fair at 226 feet to the top of the towers. The Tent of Tomorrow bicycle wheel roof was supported by sixteen 100-foot-tall concrete columns. The world’s largest map of New York State adorned the terrazzo floor. After the fair, the pavilion hosted various musical acts in the late 1960s, and was later turned into a roller skating concession in the mid-1970s. Afterwards, the structure fell into disuse and was virtually ignored by New York City. Since 2009, the New York State Pavilion Paint Project has been repainting the mezzanine and caring for the building. The Paint Project and NYC Parks have held successful sneak peek open-gate events that draw thousands of people in support of saving the building. As awareness has been raised with the help of additional organizations, the Queens Borough President has obtained funding to begin restoration of the towers.