The state pavilion, designed by the architects Philip Johnson and Richard Foster and the structural engineer Lev Zetlin, had three elements: the Tent of Tomorrow, the observation towers and the Theaterama, which is now the Queens Theater in the Park. The question of what to do with the “tent,” 16 concrete columns in an ellipse, awaits an engineering report from Robert Silman Associates.
As they inspected the map the other day, Mr. Benepe and John Krawchuk, the director of historic preservation for the parks agency, began to imagine catwalks spanning swaths of the map that are damaged beyond reclaiming. Visitors could then do what they have always done: make a beeline for their hometown.
In the Tent of Tomorrow, a Faded Map of Yesteryear