From the Daily News:
Wooden beams that support the column-circled rotunda of the New York State Pavilion are so "severely deteriorated" that only costly, timely repairs can save the World's Fair relic, according to a study obtained by Queens News.
The ominous, 99-page report - secured through a Freedom of Information request - also describes gaping wall cracks, spalling (chipping and breaking) concrete and unraveling roof cables at the 45-year-old icon in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Stabilizing or preserving the space-age structure would cost between $20.3 million and $29 million, according to the engineering firm Robert Silman Associates, which was hired by the city to conduct the study.
Demolition of the Tent of Tomorrow, as the pavilion's elliptical centerpiece was known at the 1964-1965 World's Fair, would run $9.7 million, the study found. The city wants to conduct a second study, on the pavilion's adjacent trio of observation towers, before deciding how to proceed at the Tent, said Parks Department spokeswoman Trish Bertuccio.