Sunday, November 8, 2009

Preserving the Pavilion

From the Daily News:

The city will bury a faux-marble road map from the 1964 World's Fair in Queens beneath sand and gravel to protect it this winter - a year after being criticized for exposing the fragile relic to ice.

Volunteers began clearing debris and weeds in recent weeks from the 9,000-square-foot curiosity in the New York State Pavilion, prepping to enact a preservation plan first devised in 2008.

It's one of several key developments at the iconic yet crumbling site in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which was approved in September as a state landmark.

Pro bono architects are studying short-term reuses for the concrete-and-steel behemoth, while a pair of World's Fair fans have started repainting the exterior of its striped promenade base.

The architectural firm Perkins Will, which has designed many notable buildings in major cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles, is exploring how the city might reuse the pavilion.


Anonymous said...

Good news!

Anonymous said...

Maybe the whole structure should be buried in sand and then re-excavated when the City can afford to properly restore it. If never, then at least some future archeologist will have the find of a lifetime (a la Planet of the Apes perhaps??)

Anonymous said...

Good, restore the observation towers to just that, an observation tower and a restaraunt for people in the park. They can restore everything else, why is this taking so long.?

Anonymous said...

They can restore everything else, why is this taking so long.?

Bovine Shulman & Co.