Thursday, September 20, 2007
NY State Pavilion video from 1964
"Some places make you happy just to be in them."
That's a quote from a promotional film called "To The Fair," made during the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. It was referring to the New York State Pavilion, the grand structure designed by Philip Johnson. On a video I just posted on YouTube, you can see just what we've lost by allowing the NYSP to crumble into the rusting hulk it has become today.
The film shows a family strolling into the pavilion, under the stunning colorful canopy. The little girl is so excited she does cartwheels. It gives you some idea of what a splendid space this was. Next, they head up the elevator to the observation deck, where a spectacular view of the fairgrounds can be had.
I wish everybody who has the power to restore this building would watch this video - it just might get the ball rolling. - Bob Bobster