World's Fair Pavilion Earns Landmark Status

The designation opens it to desperately needed grants for rehabilitation and repair

By Victoria Cavaliere
|  Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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World's Fair Pavilion Earns Landmark Status

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A file photo of of the New York State Pavilion, a rusting remnant of the 1964 World's Fair.

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A crumbling relic of the 1964 World's Fair in Queens is now a New York state landmark.
    
The New York State Pavilion will be added to the state Register of Historic Places.  The state Board for Historic Preservation unanimously approved the designation on Tuesday.

The designation opens it to desperately needed grants for rehabilitation and repair.

"A lot of these buildings [from the World's Fairs] are built to be temporary," she said. "What we have here is a rare survivor," Virginia Bartos of the state Historic Preservation Office told the Daily News.

The Philip Johnson-designed structure drum-shaped theater was renovated in 1992-93 and again in 2008-09, but the rotunda and towers now display peeling paint and ubiquitous cracks.
    
The board also nominated the site in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park as a national landmark.
     
The pavilion has had cameos in several movies, including "The Wiz" and "Men in Black."  It features an elliptical rotunda, three towers and the Queens Theatre in the Park.
 

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