The New York State Pavilion is one of the few structures still standing from the 1964-65 World’s Fair.
The dramatic towers, the tallest at 226 feet, were used as dining and observation platforms. Fair guests boarded Sky Streak capsule elevators that whisked them skyward.
The adjacent 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.
One of the most popular exhibits was brought to fair-goers by Texaco. A map of New York State which was designed with 567 terrazzo mosaic panels, each weighing 400 pounds. Cities, towns, highways, roads – and yes -Texaco stations were all detailed. The price tag was $1,000,000 and Rand McNally & Company assisted with the construction.
After the Fair the building fell into disrepair but in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair there has been a resurgence of help to restore the historic buildings.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a great place to wander. Get Up and Get Out.